Meaning of OBJECT in English


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


An ~ is anything that has a fixed shape or form, that you can touch or see, and that is not alive.

...an ~ the shape of a coconut...

In the cosy consulting room the children are surrounded by familiar ~s.



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

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

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

N-COUNT: usu with poss


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

The ~ of her hatred was 24-year-old model Ros French...

The ~ of great interest at the Temple was a large marble tower built in memory of Buddha...

N-COUNT: N of n

see also sex ~


In grammar, the ~ of a verb or a preposition is the word or phrase which completes the structure begun by the verb or preposition.


see also direct ~ , indirect ~


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

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

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

We ~ed strongly but were outvoted...

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

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


If you say that money is no ~ or distance is no ~, 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 ~...

Although he was based in Wales, distance was no ~.

PHRASE: V inflects emphasis

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