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indirect object

noun

grammar : a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase that occurs in addition to a direct object after some verbs and indicates the person or thing that receives what is being given or done

Full Definition of INDIRECT OBJECT

:  a grammatical object representing the secondary goal of the action of its verb (as her in I gave her the book)
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Examples of INDIRECT OBJECT

  1. In He gave me the book, the direct object is book and the indirect object is me.

First Known Use of INDIRECT OBJECT

1879
INDIRECT OBJECT Defined for Kids

indirect object

noun

Definition of INDIRECT OBJECT for Kids

:  an object that represents the person or thing that receives what is being given or done <The word “me” in “you gave me the book” is an indirect object.>

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