Meaning of OBJECT in English

The noun is pronounced /ɒbdʒɪkt/. The verb is pronounced /əbdʒekt/.

( objected)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


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.



The object of what someone is doing is their aim or purpose.

The object of the exercise is to raise money for the charity...

My object was to publish a scholarly work on Peter Mourne.

N-COUNT : usu with poss


The object of a particular feeling or reaction is the person or thing it is directed towards or that causes it.

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...

N-COUNT : N of n

see also sex object


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.


see also direct object , indirect object


If you object to something, you express your dislike or disapproval of it.

A lot of people will object to the book...

Cullen objected that his small staff would be unable to handle the added work...

We objected strongly but were outvoted...

‘Hey, I don’t know what you’re talking about,’ Russo objected.

VERB : V to n , V that , V , V with quote


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.

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.

PHRASE : V inflects [ emphasis ]

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