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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
DIRECT OBJECT Defined for Kids

direct object

noun

Definition of DIRECT OBJECT for Kids

:  a word that represents the main goal or the result of the action of a verb <The word “me” in “you hit me” is a direct object.>

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