objective

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Objective is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Pronunciation[change]

  • IPA: əb'dʒɛk.tɪv
  • Hyphenation: ob‧jec‧tive

Noun[change]

Singular
objective

Plural
objectives

  1. (countable) An objective is something that you are trying to do.
    The main objective of our visit was to climb Mount Kenya.
    I share the objective of everyone in Britain who want our soldiers home.
    Sometimes a team is more successful than an individual in achieving challenging objectives.
    We plan to extend the network with the objective of connecting up 3 million more homes by 1990.
  2. (countable) An objective is a place you want to get to.

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Adjective[change]

Positive
objective

Comparative
more objective

Superlative
most objective

  1. If something is objective, it is based on facts and things we can see and touch without using people's feelings.
    It is hard to find objective measures of artistic ability.
    Newspapers try hard to publish objective stories.
  2. If someone is objective, they are thinking about things logically based on facts.
    Watching the play on TV can help an actor to be more objective about his performance.

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