object

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈɒbdʒɪkt/, /əbˈdʒɛkt/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/n. ˈɑbdʒɪkt, -dʒɛkt; v. əbˈdʒɛkt/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(n. objikt, -jekt; v. əb jekt)



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object
Object can be a noun or a verb. When it is a noun, it is pronounced /^ɒbdʒekt/. When it is a verb, it is pronounced /əb^dʒekt/.
used as a noun
You can refer to anything that has a fixed shape and that is not alive as an object.
I looked at the shabby, black object he was carrying.
The statue was an object of great beauty.
A person's object is their aim or purpose.
My object was to publish a new book on Shakespeare.
The object, of course, is to persuade people to remain at their jobs.
used as a verb
If you object to something, you do not approve of it, or you say that you do not approve of it.
Residents can object to these developments if they wish.
Many people objected to the film.
If you object to doing something, you say that you don't think you should do it.
I object to paying for services that should be free.
This group did not object to returning.
You use an -ing form, not an infinitive, after object to.
If it is clear what you are referring to, you can use object without ‘to’.
The men objected and the women supported their protest.
Other workers will still have the right to object.
If you want to say why someone does not approve of something or does not agree with something, you can use object with a that-clause. For example, you can say ‘They wanted me to do some extra work, but I objected that I had too much to do already’. This is a fairly formal use.
The others quite rightly object that he is holding back the work.
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