cognate object
Definition - An object that is related in both origin and meaning to the verb that governs it.

Notes:
1. The type of grammatical construction that this forms is called the cognate accusative.

Example -
He lived a wonderful life.
(In the above, the word life is the cognate object of the verb lived.)

Etymology -
The word cognate derives from the Latin com, together + gnatus, born.

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1876:
"What is often termed the cognate accusative (or objective) (as in ‘to run a race’)
should more properly be classed among the adverbial adjuncts."
(Mason Eng. Gram. §372)



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