1 a tangible and visible thing
2 a person or thing seen as a focus or target for feelings, thought, etc.
an object of affection
3 an aim, purpose, or objective
4 Informal a ridiculous or pitiable person, spectacle, etc.
5 (Philosophy) that towards which cognition is directed, as contrasted with the thinking subject; anything regarded as external to the mind, esp. in the external world
6 (Grammar) a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase whose referent is the recipient of the action of a verb
See also →
direct object →
7 (Grammar) a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase that is governed by a preposition
no object not a hindrance or obstacle
money is no object
9 (Computing) a self-contained identifiable component of a software system or design
(C14: from Late Latin objectus something thrown before (the mind), from Latin obicere; see object2)
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