retained object


: an object of a verb in the predicate of a passive construction (such as me in "a book was given me" and book in "I was given a book")

Word History

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of retained object was in 1875

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“Retained object.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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