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Meaning of retained object

retained' ob'ject

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  1. an object in a passive construction identical with the direct or indirect object in the active construction from which it is derived, as the picture in I was shown the picture, which is also the direct object in the active construction (They) showed me the picture.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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