object ( objects plural & 3rd person present) ( objecting present participle) ( objected past tense & past participle )
The noun is pronounced [PH:A][PH:b][PH:d][PH:Z][PH:I][PH:k][PH:t]. The verb is pronounced [PH:&][PH:b][PH:d][PH:Z][PH:e][PH:k][PH:t].
1 n-count An object is anything that has a fixed shape or form, that you can touch or see, and that is not alive.
...an object the shape of a coconut..., In the cosy consulting room the children are surrounded by familiar objects.
2 n-count The object of what someone is doing is their aim or purpose.
usu with poss
The object of the exercise is to raise money for the charity..., My object was to publish a scholarly work on Peter Mourne.
3 n-count The object of a particular feeling or reaction is the person or thing it is directed towards or that causes it.
N of n
The object of her hatred was 24-year-old model Ros French..., The object of great interest at the Temple was a large marble tower built in memory of Buddha...
4 n-count In grammar, the object of a verb or a preposition is the word or phrase which completes the structure begun by the verb or preposition.
5 verb If you object to something, you express your dislike or disapproval of it.
A lot of people will object to the book... V to n
Cullen objected that his small staff would be unable to handle the added work... V that
We objected strongly but were outvoted... V
`Hey, I don't know what you're talking about,' Russo objected. V with quote
6 If you say that money is no object or distance is no object, you are emphasizing that you are willing or able to spend as much money as necessary or travel whatever distance is required.
money is no object phrase V inflects (emphasis)
Hugh Johnson's shop in London has a range of superb Swedish crystal glasses that I would have if money were no object..., Although he was based in Wales, distance was no object.
direct object ( direct objects plural ) In grammar, the direct object of a transitive verb is the noun group which refers to someone or something directly affected by or involved in the action performed by the subject. For example, in `I saw him yesterday', `him' is the direct object. Compare indirect object. n-count
indirect object ( indirect objects plural ) An indirect object is an object which is used with a transitive verb to indicate who benefits from an action or gets something as a result. For example, in `She gave him her address', `him' is the indirect object. Compare direct object. n-count
object lesson ( object lessons plural ) If you describe an action, event, or situation as an object lesson, you think that it demonstrates the correct way to do something, or that it demonstrates the truth of a particular principle. n-count oft N on/in n
It was an object lesson in how to use television as a means of persuasion.
In computing, object-oriented programming involves dealing with code and data in blocks so that it is easier to change or do things with. adj usu ADJ n
sex object ( sex objects plural ) If someone is described as a sex object, he or she is considered only in terms of their physical attractiveness and not their character or abilities. n-count
He cared for her as a whole person rather than just a sex object.