A group object in a category $C$ is a group internal to $C$.
A group object or internal group in a category $C$ with binary products and a terminal object $*$ is an object $G$ in $C$ and arrows
(the unit map)
(the inverse map) and
(the multiplication map), such that the following diagrams commute:
(expressing the fact multiplication is associative),
(telling us that the unit map picks out an element that is a left and right identity), and
(telling us that the inverse map really does take an inverse), where we have let $1: G \to G$ denote the composite $G \to * \stackrel{1}{\to} G$ and $\Delta$ is a diagonal morphism.
Even if $C$ doesn't have all binary products, as long as products with $G$ (and the terminal object $*$) exist, then one can still speak of a group object $G$ in $C$.
Given a cartesian monoidal category $C$, the category of internal groups in $C$ is equivalent to the full subcategory of the category of presheaves of groups $Grp^{C^{op}}$ on $C$, spanned by those presheaves whose underlying set part in $Set^{C^{op}}$ is representable.
This is a special case of the general theory of structures in presheaf toposes.
In other words, the forgetful functor from $Grp^{C^{op}}$ to $Set^{C^{op}}$ (obtained by composing with the forgetful functor Grp $\to$ Set) creates representable group objects from representable objects.
An object $G$ in $C$ with an internal group structure is a diagram
This equips each object $S \in C$ with an ordinary group $(G(S), \cdot)$ structure, so in particular a product operation
Moreover, since morphisms in $Grp$ are group homomorphisms, it follows that for every morphism $f : S \to T$ we get a commuting diagram
Taken together this means that there is a morphism
of representable presheaves. By the Yoneda lemma, this uniquely comes from a morphism $\cdot : G \times G \to G$, which is the product of the group structure on the object $G$ that we are after.
etc.
The basic results of elementary group theory apply to group objects in any category with finite products. (Arguably, it is precisely the elementary results that apply in any such category.)
The theory of group objects is an example of a Lawvere theory.
group, group object, group object in an (∞,1)-category
groupoid, groupoid object, groupoid object in an (∞,1)-category
infinity-groupoid, infinity-groupoid object, groupoid object in an (∞,1)-category
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