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direct object

noun

grammar : a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase which indicates the person or thing that receives the action of a verb

Full Definition of DIRECT OBJECT

:  a word or phrase denoting the goal or the result of the action of a verb

Examples of DIRECT OBJECT

  1. Me in He likes me is a direct object.
  2. In the sentence They built a house for her, the direct object is house and the indirect object is her.

First Known Use of DIRECT OBJECT

1879

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