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Definition of objective noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1something that you are trying to achieve synonym goal the main/primary/principal objective to meet/achieve your objectives You must set realistic aims and objectives for yourself. The main objective of this meeting is to give more information on our plans. 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
  2. 2(also objective lens) (technology) the lens in a telescope or microscope that is nearest to the object being looked at
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