noun , verb
■ noun / ˈɒbdʒɪkt; NAmE ˈɑːbdʒekt; -dʒɪkt/
a thing that can be seen and touched, but is not alive :
everyday objects such as cups and saucers
Glass and plastic objects lined the shelves.
—see also UFO
object of desire, study, attention, etc. a person or thing that sb desires , studies, pays attention to, etc.
—see also sex object
an aim or a purpose :
Her sole object in life is to become a travel writer.
The object is to educate people about road safety.
If you're late, you'll defeat the whole object of the exercise .
➡ note at target
( grammar ) a noun, noun phrase or pronoun that refers to a person or thing that is affected by the action of the verb (called the direct object ), or that the action is done to or for (called the indirect object )
—compare subject (5)
- expense, money, etc. is no object
■ verb / əbˈdʒekt/
[ v ] object (to sb/sth) | object (to doing sth / to sb doing sth) to say that you disagree with, disapprove of or oppose sth :
Many local people object to the building of the new airport.
If nobody objects, we'll postpone the meeting till next week.
I really object to being charged for parking.
to give sth as a reason for opposing sth
SYN protest :
[ v that ]
He objected that the police had arrested him without sufficient evidence.
[also v speech ]
➡ note at complain
objects you can use
It is useful to know some general words to help you describe objects, especially if you do not know the name of a particular object.
A device is something that has been designed to do a particular job:
There is a new device for cars that warns drivers of traffic jams ahead.
A gadget is a small object that does something useful, but is not really necessary:
His kitchen is full of gadgets he never uses.
An instrument is used especially for delicate or scientific work:
'What do you call the instrument that measures temperature?' 'A thermometer.'
A tool is something that you use for making and repairing things:
'Have you got one of those tools for turning screws?' 'Do you mean a screwdriver?'
A machine has moving parts and is used for a particular job. It usually stands on its own:
'What's a blender?' 'It's an electric machine for mixing soft food or liquid.'
An appliance is a large machine that you use in the house, such as a washing machine.
Equipment means all the things you need for a particular activity:
Apparatus means all the tools, machines or equipment that you need for something:
firefighters wearing breathing apparatus.
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 .