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1 any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted; "he prepared for great undertakings" [syn: undertaking, task, labor]
2 a planned undertaking [syn: projection]


1 communicate vividly; "He projected his feelings"
2 extend out or project in space; "His sharp nose jutted out"; "A single rock sticks out from the cliff" [syn: stick out, protrude, jut out, jut]
3 transfer (ideas or principles) from one domain into another
4 project on a screen; "The images are projected onto the screen"
5 cause to be heard; "His voice projects well"
6 draw a projection of
7 make or work out a plan for; devise; "They contrived to murder their boss"; "design a new sales strategy"; "plan an attack" [syn: plan, contrive, design]
8 present for consideration [syn: propose]
9 imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind; "I can't see him on horseback!"; "I can see what will happen"; "I can see a risk in this strategy" [syn: visualize, visualise, envision, fancy, see, figure, picture, image]
10 put or send forth; "She threw the flashlight beam into the corner"; "The setting sun threw long shadows"; "cast a spell"; "cast a warm light" [syn: cast, contrive, throw]
11 throw, send, or cast forward; "project a missile" [syn: send off]
12 regard as objective [syn: externalize, externalise]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • Noun:
    • (Canada): /ˈpɹɑdʒεk̚t/
    • (RP) /ˈpɹəʊʤεkt/ or /pɹɒʤεkt/, /"pr@UdZEkt/ or /"prQdZEkt/
    • (US): /ˈpɻɑʤεkt/
    • Audio (Canada) (noun)
  • Verb:
    • (Canada): /pɹəˈʤεk̚t/
    • (RP): /prəˈʤεkt/, /pr@"dZEkt/
    • (US): /pɻəˈʤεkt/
    • Audio (Canada) (verb)


Noun is from projectum and verb is from projectus.


  1. A planned endeavor, usually with a specific goal and accomplished in several steps or stages.
  2. An urban low-income housing building.


planned endeavo(u)r
US: urban low-income housing building


  1. To extend beyond a surface.
  1. To cast (an image or shadow) upon a surface.
  2. To extend (a protrusion or appendage) outward.
  3. To make plans for; to forecast.
    • The CEO is projecting the completion of the acquisition by April 2007.



extend beyond a surface
cast (image/shadow)
extend outward
make plans for; forecast




project n
  1. project (planned endeavo(u)r)

Extensive Definition

. For all other uses, see Project (disambiguation).
A project, as defined in the field of project management, consists of a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a product or service. More generically, the Oxford English Dictionary suggests that business and science projects involve "a collaborative enterprise, frequently involving research or design, that is carefully planned to achieve a particular aim".


The word project comes from the Latin word projectum from the Latin verb proicere, "to throw something forwards" which in turn comes from pro-, which denotes something that precedes the action of the next part of the word in time (paralleling the Greek πρό) and iacere, "to throw". The word "project" thus actually originally meant "something that comes before anything else happens". When the English language initially adopted the word, it referred to a plan of something, not to the act of actually carrying this plan out. Something performed in accordance with a project became known as an "object". This use of "project" changed in the 1950s with the introduction of several techniques for project management. Use of the word "project" evolved slightly to cover both projects and objects. However, certain projects continue to include so-called objects and object leaders.


Contemporary Western business — characterized by a modern matrix organization and a cooperative culturecurrently particularly favors project-based approaches. Authoritarian, bureaucratic organizations with rigid, hierarchical structures show less enthusiasm about project-based work, which may not operate as expected in their environment due to conflicts between different cultures.

Notable projects

With product outcomes

With service outcomes


With unique outcomes

With non-unique outcomes

School Usage

Within public schools in the United States, a project is an assignment given to a student which generally requires a larger amount of effort than normal homework assignments. They can range anywhere from simple written projects to elaborate and well-constructed Science Fair Projects.


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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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