Definition of object verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    object

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əbˈdʒekt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈdʒekt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they object
    BrE BrE//əbˈdʒekt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈdʒekt//
     
    he / she / it objects
    BrE BrE//əbˈdʒekts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈdʒekts//
     
    past simple objected
    BrE BrE//əbˈdʒektɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈdʒektɪd//
     
    past participle objected
    BrE BrE//əbˈdʒektɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈdʒektɪd//
     
    -ing form objecting
    BrE BrE//əbˈdʒektɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈdʒektɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive] to say that you disagree with, disapprove of or oppose something object (to somebody/something) Many local people object to the building of the new airport. If nobody objects, we'll postpone the meeting till next week. object to doing something/to somebody doing something I really object to being charged for parking.
  2. 2[transitive] object that… | + speech to give something as a reason for opposing something synonym protest He objected that the police had arrested him without sufficient evidence.
  3. Synonymscomplainprotest object grumble moan whineThese words all mean to say that you are annoyed, unhappy or not satisfied about somebody/​something.complain to say that you are annoyed, unhappy or not satisfied about somebody/​something:I’m going to complain to the manager about this.protest to say or do something to show that you disagree with or disapprove of something, especially publicly; to give something as a reason for protesting:Students took to the streets to protest against the decision.object to say that you disagree with or disapprove of something; to give something as a reason for objecting:If nobody objects, we’ll postpone the meeting till next week. He objected that the police had arrested him without sufficient evidence.grumble (rather informal, disapproving) to complain about somebody/​something in a bad-tempered way:They kept grumbling that they were cold.moan (British English, rather informal, disapproving) to complain about somebody/​something in an annoying way:What are you moaning on about now?whine (rather informal, disapproving) to complain in an annoying, crying voice:Stop whining! ‘I want to go home,’ whined Toby. Whine is often used to talk about the way that young children complain.Patterns to complain/​protest/​grumble/​moan/​whine about something to complain/​protest/​grumble/​moan at something to complain/​protest/​object/​grumble/​moan/​whine to somebody to complain/​protest/​object/​grumble/​moan/​whine that… More Like This Pronunciation changes by part of speech abuse, alternate, advocate, approximate, contract, converse, convict, decrease, delegate, discount, duplicate, estimate, export, extract, graduate, import, intimate, moderate, object, permit, present, protest, record, refund, refuse, subject, suspect, survey, torment, upgradeSee worksheet. Word Origin late Middle English: from medieval Latin objectum ‘thing presented to the mind’, neuter past participle (used as a noun) of Latin obicere, from ob- ‘in the way of’ + jacere ‘to throw’; the verb may also partly represent the Latin frequentative objectare.Extra examples I objected on the grounds that it was unkind to the animals. It was your own idea in the first place, so you can hardly object now. a petition objecting to the plan If nobody objects, we’ll postpone the meeting till next week.
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