Definition of indirect object in English:

indirect object

Pronunciation /ˈˌindəˈˌrekt ˈäbjəkt/ /ˈˌɪndəˈˌrɛkt ˈɑbdʒəkt/


  • A noun phrase referring to someone or something that is affected by the action of a transitive verb (typically as a recipient), but is not the primary object (e.g. him in give him the book).

    Compare with direct object

    ‘However, some transitive verbs take a prepositional phrase instead of an indirect object.’
    • ‘Using a straight news story, circle all the direct objects in blue, the indirect objects in red, and the objects of prepositions in green.’
    • ‘And Russian is a case language so they also had to differentiate between direct and indirect objects.’
    • ‘I tried not to think about anything but our direct and indirect objects review for the rest of class.’
    • ‘Yes, I didn't know what the difference between a direct and an indirect object was until I was in my 20s.’