object - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    a thing that you can see and touch that is not alive and is usually solid

    The boat seemed to bump against some solid object.

    There are 6,000 objects in the museum’s collection.

  2. 2
    something that you plan to achieve

    His object was to gain time until help could arrive.

    with the object of:

    The decision was made with the object of cutting costs.

  3. 3
    the person or thing that something happens to or that people have a particular feeling about
    object of:

    She had become an object of desire for him.

    The band is currently the object of much media attention.

    His behaviour had made him an object of ridicule.

  4. 4
    linguistics in active clauses, the part of a clause referring to the person or thing that is affected by the action of a verb. In English, the object is usually a noun group or pronoun, and comes after the verb. For example the sentenceI’ve promised the children new bicycles’ has two objects: ‘new bicycles’ is the direct object, and ‘the children’ is the indirect object.