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noun [countable]     object pronunciation in American English
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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 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.


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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