direct object
noun Date: 1879 a word or phrase denoting the goal or the result of the action of a verb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • direct object — direct objects N COUNT In grammar, the direct object of a transitive verb is the noun group which refers to someone or something directly affected by or involved in the action performed by the subject. For example, in I saw him yesterday , him is …   English dictionary

  • direct object — In grammar, a direct object is the noun or pronoun or phrase that is directly affected by the action of a transitive verb. In the sentence They bought a new house, a new house is the direct object of the verb bought. See also indirect object,… …   Modern English usage

  • direct object — noun count LINGUISTICS the noun or pronoun in a sentence that is affected by the action of a TRANSITIVE verb. In the sentence Harry was reading a book, the noun phrase a book is the direct object of the verb was reading …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • direct object — n technical in grammar, the person or thing that is affected by the action of a ↑transitive verb, for example Mary in the statement I saw Mary →↑indirect object …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • direct object — ► NOUN ▪ a noun phrase denoting a person or thing that is the recipient of the action of a transitive verb (e.g. the dog in Jeremy fed the dog) …   English terms dictionary

  • direct object — n. Gram. the word or words denoting the thing or person that receives the action of a transitive verb; goal or result of a verbal action (Ex.: ball in “he hit the ball”) …   English World dictionary

  • direct object — noun the object that receives the direct action of the verb • Syn: ↑object of the verb • Hypernyms: ↑object * * * noun, pl ⋯ jects [count] grammar : a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase which indicates the person or thing that receives the action of a …   Useful english dictionary

  • direct object — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms direct object : singular direct object plural direct objects linguistics the noun or pronoun in a sentence that is affected by the action of a transitive verb. In the sentence Harry was reading a book , the… …   English dictionary

  • direct object — a word or group of words representing the person or thing upon which the action of a verb is performed or toward which it is directed: in English, generally coming after the verb, without a preposition. In He saw it the pronoun it is the direct… …   Universalium

  • ˌdirect ˈobject — noun [C] linguistics the noun or pronoun in a sentence that is affected by the action of a TRANSITIVE verb. In the sentence ‘Harry was reading a book , ‘a book is the direct object of the verb ‘was reading …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • direct object — /dərɛkt ˈɒbdʒɛkt/ (say duhrekt objekt) noun (in English and some other languages) the person or thing upon which the action of the verb is expended or towards which it is directed, in English expressed by a noun or pronoun without a preposition… …   Australian English dictionary

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