• Project


    RP, US, and Canadian pronunciation, including audio
    • Noun:
      • RP: IPA: /ˈpɹəʊd͡ʒɛkt/, /ˈpɹɒd͡ʒɛkt/
      • US: IPA: /ˈpɹɑd͡ʒɛkt/
      • Canada: IPA: /ˈpɹɑdʒɛk̚t/
    • Verb:
      • US: IPA: /pɹəˈd͡ʒɛkt/
    • Rhymes: -ɛkt

    Origin 1

    Noun from Latin prōiectum ("projection"), from prōiectus (""), perfect passive participle of prōiciō ("throw forth, extend; expel").

    Full definition of project



    (plural projects)
    1. A planned endeavor, usually with a specific goal and accomplished in several steps or stages.
      • unknown date Rogersprojects of happiness devised by human reason
      • unknown date PrescottHe entered into the project with his customary ardour.
    2. (dated) An idle scheme; an impracticable design.a man given to projects
    3. (obsolete) A projectile.
    4. (obsolete) A projection.
    5. (obsolete) The place from which a thing projects.


    1. (intransitive) To extend beyond a surface.
    2. (transitive) To cast (an image or shadow) upon a surface; to throw or cast forward; to shoot forth.
      • SpenserBefore his feet herself she did project.
      • Alexander PopeBehold! th' ascending villas on my side
        Project long shadows o'er the crystal tide.
    3. (transitive) To extend (a protrusion or appendage) outward.
    4. (transitive) To make plans for; to forecast.The CEO is projecting the completion of the acquisition by April 2007.
      • Miltonprojecting peace and war
    5. (transitive, reflexive) To present (oneself), to convey a certain impression, usually in a good way.
      • 1946, Dr. Ralph S. Banay, The Milwaukeee Journal, Is Modern Woman a Failure:It is difficult to gauge the exact point at which women stop trying to fool men and really begin to deceive themselves, but an objective analyst cannot escape the conclusion (1) that partly from a natural device inherent in the species, women deliberately project upon actual or potential suitors an impression of themselves that is not an accurate picture of their total nature, and (2) that few women ever are privileged to see themselves as they really are.
    6. (cartography) To change the projection (or coordinate system) of spatial data with another projection.


    Origin 2

    Shortening of housing project



    (plural projects)
    1. (usually plural, US) An urban low-income housing building.----
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