project - definition and synonyms

verb  /prəˈdʒekt/
present tense
present participleprojecting
past tenseprojected
past participleprojected
  1. 1
    [transitive] [usually passive] to calculate how big something will become in the future using information that is available now
    project that:

    It is projected that the population will rise by one million by 2008.

    project something to do something:

    Total expenditure was projected to increase by 4.7%.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to stick out past the edge or surface of something
    project outwards/forwards/up etc:

    The edges of the roof project outwards and keep the rain away from the walls.

    The tusks of the walrus project downwards from the upper jaw.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to send an image to a screen or other surface
    project onto:

    His letters were projected onto a large courtroom screen.

    1. a.
      to make your voice loud enough to be heard at a distance

      Actors have to learn to project their voices.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to throw something

    The blast projected huge chunks of stone through the air.

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  5. 5
    [transitive] to give people an idea that someone or something has particular qualities

    The campaign has tried to project a view of Labour as the party that cares.

    Ending the talks now would project an image of being insincere.

  6. 6
    [transitive] to imagine an emotion that you feel is also being felt by someone else, especially without realizing that you are doing this
    project something onto someone:

    His mother had projected her anxieties onto him.

  7. 7
    [transitive] [usually passive] formal to plan something

    Australia is preparing for the royal visit projected for November.