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Meaning of direct object

direct' ob'ject

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. 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 object of saw.
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