(1)   A tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow
"It was full of rackets, balls and other objects"
(2)   The focus of cognitions or feelings
"Objects of thought"
"The object of my affection"
(3)   The goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)
"The sole object of her trip was to see her children"
(4)   (grammar) a constituent that is acted upon
"The object of the verb"


(5)   Express or raise an objection or protest or criticism or express dissent
"She never objected to the amount of work her boss charged her with"
"When asked to drive the truck, she objected that she did not have a driver's license"
(6)   Be averse to or express disapproval of
"My wife objects to modern furniture"


literally "thrown against", from , perfect passive participle of , from +


  1. A thing that has physical existence.
  2. The goal, end or purpose of something.
    • 2000, Phyllis Barkas Goldman & John Grigni, Monkeyshines on Ancient Cultures
      The object of tlachtli was to keep the rubber ball from touching the ground while trying to push it to the opponent's endline.
  3. The noun phrase which is an internal complement of a verb phrase or a prepositional phrase. In a verb phrase with a transitive action verb, it is typically the receiver of the action.
  4. A person or thing toward which an emotion is directed.
    Mary Jane had been the object of Peter's affection for years.
    The convertible, once object of his desire, was now the object of his hatred.
  5. In object-oriented programming, an instantiation of a class or structure.


  1. To disagree with something or someone; especially in a Court of Law, to raise an objection.