Project vs project

Project and project are two words that are spelled identically but are pronounced differently and have different meanings, which makes them heteronyms. We will examine the definitions of the words project and project, where these words came from, and a few examples of their use in sentences.

Project (PRAH jekt) is a noun that means an undertaking, an enterprise, a plan or program, sometimes involving collaboration with others. The plural form is projects. The word project is derived from the Latin word, proiectum, which means a thing that is thrown.

Project (proh JEKT) is a verb that means to 1.) extend outward; 2.) move forward; 3.) speak loudly enough to be heard a great distance; 4.) throw light or an image displayed through light; 5.) present a certain image of oneself to the public; 6.) attribute one’s own thoughts and feeling to another; or 7.) make a prediction about the future based on current data. The word project is a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are projects, projected, projecting, projection. The word project is derived from the Latin word, projectare, which means to thrust forward.

Examples

In the last few months, she’s sharpened that skill by learning how to create and design in 3D as part of a project to leave a legacy behind after she leaves the Canton school. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

The 93rd Academy Awards announced the shortlists in nine categories today and Indian Women Rising’s first project ‘Bittu’ made it to the Live Action Short Film shortlist. (New India Times)

The main character is a blank canvas of a woman who is written with purposeful blandness so that anyone can project onto her, imagining ourselves in the fairytale. (Glamour Magazine)

They record each other on phones which project onto a wall. (Philadelphia Inquirer)