A project is a piece of work that is planned or intended. Plan a little extra time for your gingerbread house project — gluing the walls and roof can take a while.

If you call a person your project, pronounced PRAH-jekt, it means you are trying to improve them by telling them how to behave, etc. As a verb, pronounced pro-JEKT, it means to jut out literally — The fireplace projects into the dining room — or figuratively — Try to project your ideas forcefully. If you assume another person is feeling the same things you are, you are projecting your feelings onto them.

Definitions of project
  1. noun
    a planned undertaking
    synonyms: projection
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    cash cow, money-spinner, moneymaker
    a project that generates a continuous flow of money
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    plan, program, programme
    a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished
  2. noun
    any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted
    synonyms: labor, task, undertaking
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    Manhattan Project
    code name for the secret United States project set up in 1942 to develop atomic bombs for use in World War II
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    breeze, child's play, cinch, duck soup, picnic, piece of cake, pushover, snap, walkover
    any undertaking that is easy to do
    adventure, dangerous undertaking, escapade, risky venture
    a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful)
    an undertaking that you have been assigned to do (as by an instructor)
    a project of personal concern to someone
    endeavor, endeavour, enterprise
    a purposeful or industrious undertaking (especially one that requires effort or boldness)
    labor of love, labour of love
    productive work performed voluntarily without material reward or compensation
    endurance contest, marathon
    any long and arduous undertaking
    anything that requires little thought
    a task to be dealt with
    large order, tall order
    a formidable task or requirement
    any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome
    an easy task
    school assignment, schoolwork
    a school task performed by a student to satisfy the teacher
    fraudulent scheme, illegitimate enterprise, racket
    an illegal enterprise (such as extortion or fraud or drug peddling or prostitution) carried on for profit
    joint venture
    a venture by a partnership or conglomerate designed to share risk or expertise
    a venture at something new or different
    forlorn hope
    a hopeless or desperate enterprise
    writing assignment, written assignment
    an assignment to write something
    campaign, cause, crusade, drive, effort, movement
    a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
    sally, sallying forth
    a venture off the beaten path
    danger, peril, risk
    a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury
    business activity, commercial activity
    activity undertaken as part of a commercial enterprise
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    activity directed toward making or doing something
  3. noun
    a housing development that is publicly funded and administered for low-income families
    synonyms: housing project, public housing
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    housing development
    a residential area of similar dwellings built by property developers and usually under a single management
  4. verb
    predict in advance
    synonyms: calculate, forecast
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    anticipate, call, forebode, foretell, predict, prognosticate, promise
    make a prediction about; tell in advance
  5. verb
    make or work out a plan for; devise
    synonyms: contrive, design, plan
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    devise the sequence of events in (a literary work or a play, movie, or ballet)
    contrive (a plan) by mutual agreement
    map, map out
    plan, delineate, or arrange in detail
    devise a strategy, plan, or course of action
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    create by mental act, create mentally
    create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands
  6. verb
    imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind
    synonyms: envision, fancy, figure, image, picture, see, visualise, visualize
    realise, realize, see, understand
    perceive (an idea or situation) mentally
    visualise, visualize
    form a mental picture of something that is invisible or abstract
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    conceive of, envisage, ideate, imagine
    form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case
  7. verb
    present for consideration, examination, criticism, etc.
    synonyms: propose
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    put forward for consideration
    put before (a body)
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    make plans for something
  8. verb
    extend out or project in space
    synonyms: jut, jut out, protrude, stick out
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    project over
    push up, thrust
    push upward
    spear, spear up
    thrust up like a spear
    bag, bulge
    bulge out; form a bulge outward, or be so full as to appear to bulge
    project as a cantilever
    form a rounded prominence
  9. verb
    throw, send, or cast forward
    project a missile”
    synonyms: send off
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    impel, propel
    cause to move forward with force
  10. verb
    draw a projection of
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    represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface
  11. verb
    project on a screen
    “The images are projected onto the screen”
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    project on a background, such as a screen, like a silhouette
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    make visible or noticeable
  12. verb
    put or send forth
    synonyms: cast, contrive, throw
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    send forth suddenly, intensely, swiftly
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    direct, send
    cause to go somewhere
  13. verb
    communicate vividly
    “He projected his feelings”
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    communicate, intercommunicate
    transmit thoughts or feelings
  14. verb
    cause to be heard
    “His voice projects well”
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    cause to be perceived
    have perceptible qualities
  15. verb
    transfer (ideas or principles) from one domain into another
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    channel, channelise, channelize, transfer, transmit, transport
    send from one person or place to another
  16. verb
    regard as objective
    synonyms: externalise, externalize
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    ascribe, assign, attribute, impute
    attribute or credit to
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