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Definition of project verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they project
    he / she / it projects
    past simple projected
    -ing form projecting
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  1. 1[transitive, usually passive] project something to plan an activity, a project, etc. for a time in the future The next edition of the book is projected for publication in March. The projected housing development will go ahead next year.
  2. estimate
  3. 2[transitive, usually passive] to estimate what the size, cost, or amount of something will be in the future based on what is happening now synonym forecast project something A growth rate of 4% is projected for next year. it is projected that… It is projected that the unemployment rate will fall. project something to do something The unemployment rate has been projected to fall. This pattern is usually used in the passive.
  4. light/image
  5. 3[transitive] project something (on/onto something) to make light, an image, etc. fall onto a flat surface or screen Images are projected onto the retina of the eye.
  6. stick out
  7. 4[intransitive] + adv./prep. to stick out beyond an edge or a surface synonym protrude a building with balconies projecting out over the street
  8. present yourself
  9. 5[transitive] to present someone, something, or yourself to other people in a particular way, especially one that gives a good impression project something They sought advice on how to project a more positive image of their company. She projects an air of calm self-confidence. project somebody/something/yourself (as somebody/something) He projected himself as a man worth listening to.
  10. send/throw up or away
  11. 6[transitive] project something/somebody (+ adv./prep.) to send or throw something up or away from yourself Actors must learn to project their voices. (figurative) the powerful men who would project him into the White House
  12. Phrasal Verbsproject something onto somebody
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: project