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indirect object

a word or group of words representing the person or thing with reference to which the action of a verb is performed, in English generally coming between the verb and the direct object and paraphrasable as the object of a preposition, usually to or for, following the direct object, as the boy in He gave the boy a book.
Origin of indirect object
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for indirect object
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  • The indirect object of money-making is also the increase of the agreeable feelings.

    The Religious Sentiment Daniel G. Brinton
  • The indirect object may be used as the object of the preposition to or for.

    Plain English Marian Wharton
  • Is their indirect object to be strong, thrifty members of society?

    The Woman Who Toils Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
  • In this sentence, him is not the indirect object of the verb, but is the object of the preposition for.

    Plain English Marian Wharton
  • indirect object: "I gave every man a trumpet;" "Give them not only noble teachings, but noble teachers."

    An English Grammar W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
  • The simple predicate may be modified by an indirect object ( 105).

  • The indirect object is always placed before the direct object.

    Plain English Marian Wharton
  • This so frequently fails that the indirect object rises into view.

    The Religious Sentiment Daniel G. Brinton
  • In some languages the pronouns denoting subject, direct object and indirect object are all incorporated in the verb.

  • But the move was perfectly successful in its real and indirect object.

    George Washington, Vol. I Henry Cabot Lodge
British Dictionary definitions for indirect object

indirect object

(grammar) a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase indicating the recipient or beneficiary of the action of a verb and its direct object, as John in the sentence I bought John a newspaper Compare direct object
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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indirect object in Culture

indirect object definition

A noun, pronoun, or group of words naming something indirectly affected by the action of a verb: “She showed me some carpet samples”; “The agent handed the Prentice family their tickets.”

Note: Indirect objects can often take or suggest the preposition to. For example, “He showed (to) me the book.”
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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