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Definition of object noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈɑbdʒɪkt//
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  1. 1a thing that can be seen and touched, but is not alive everyday objects such as cups and saucers Glass and plastic objects lined the shelves. see also UFO
  2. 2object of desire, study, attention, etc. a person or thing that someone desires, studies, pays attention to, etc. see also sex object
  3. 3an aim or a purpose Her sole object in life is to become a travel writer. The object is to educate people about road safety. If you're late, you'll defeat the whole object of the exercise. Thesaurustargetobjective goal object endThese are all words for something that you are trying to a result that you try to achieve:Set targets that you can reasonably hope to achieve. sales targetsobjective (somewhat formal) something that you are trying to achieve:What are the objectives of this project?goal something that you hope to achieve:He continued to pursue his goal of becoming an, objective, or goal?A target is usually officially recorded in some way, for example by an employer. It is often specific, and in the form of figures, such as number of sales, exam scores, or a date. People often set their own objectives: these are things that they wish to achieve, often as part of a project or a talk they are giving. Goals are often long-term, and relate to people's life and career plans or the long-term plans of a company or organization.object the purpose of something; something that you plan to achieve:The object of the campaign is to educate people about highway safety.end something that you plan to achieve:She used her family for political ends. That's only OK if you believe that the end justifies the means (= bad methods of doing something are acceptable if the final result is good). End is usually used in the plural or in particular fixed expressions.Patterns to work toward a(n) target/objective/goal a(n) ambitious/major/long-term/short-term/future target/objective/goal economic/financial/business targets/objectives/goals to set/agree on/identify/reach/meet/exceed a(n) target/objective/goal to achieve a(n) target/objective/goal/end
  4. 4(grammar) a noun, noun phrase, or pronoun that refers to a person or thing that is affected by the action of the verb (called thedirect object), or that the action is done to or for (called theindirect object) compare subject
  5. Vocabulary Buildingobjectsyou can useIt is useful to know some general words to help you describe objects, especially if you do not know the name of a particular object. A device is something that has been designed to do a particular job:Have you seen the new device for cars that warns drivers about traffic jams ahead? A gadget is a small object that does something useful, but is not really necessary:His kitchen is full of gadgets he never uses. An instrument is used especially for delicate or scientific work:A thermometer is an instrument that measures temperature. A tool is something that you use for making and repairing things:A tool for turning screws is called a screwdriver. A machine has moving parts and is used for a particular job. It usually stands on its own:A blender is an electric machine for mixing soft food or liquid. An appliance is a large machine that you use in the house, such as a washing machine. Equipment means all the things you need for a particular activity:rock climbing equipment. Apparatus means all the tools, machines, or equipment that you need for something:firefighters wearing breathing apparatus.Idioms
    money, price, etc. is no object
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    used to say that you are willing to spend a lot of money He always travels first class—money is no object.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: object