Meaning of cognate object

cog'nate ob'ject

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a substantive functioning as the object of a verb, esp. of a verb that is usually intransitive, when both object and verb are derived from the same root. Speech in Speak the speech is a cognate object.
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