direct object

noun
Updated on: 26 Apr 2018

Definition of direct object

: a word or phrase denoting the receiver of the action of a verb

Examples of direct object in a Sentence

  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.”

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First Known Use of direct object

1879

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DIRECT OBJECT Defined for English Language Learners

direct object

Definition of direct object for English Language Learners

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


DIRECT OBJECT Defined for Kids

direct object

noun

Definition of direct object for Students

: 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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