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noun [countable] object pronunciation in American English /ˈɑbdʒəkt/
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  1. 1
    a thing that you can see and touch that is not alive and is usually solid

    The boat was bumping against some solid object underwater.

    There are thousands of objects in the museum’s collection.

  2. 2
    something that you plan to achieve

    His object was to hold on 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 a lot of media attention.

    His behavior had made him an object of ridicule.

  4. 4
    linguistics a noun, pronoun, or phrase that is affected in a direct way by the action of a verb, for example “the report” in “I’ve read the report.”
    1. a.
      a noun, pronoun, or phrase that is affected in an indirect way by the action of a verb, for example “me” in “Give me the pen.”
    2. b.
      a noun, pronoun, or phrase that comes after a preposition, for example “the bed” in “He was lying on the bed.”

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