adjective tran·si·tive \ˈtran(t)-sə-tiv, ˈtran-zə-; ˈtran(t)s-tiv\

grammar of a verb : having or taking a direct object

Full Definition of TRANSITIVE

:  characterized by having or containing a direct object <a transitive verb>
:  being or relating to a relation with the property that if the relation holds between a first element and a second and between the second element and a third, it holds between the first and third elements <equality is a transitive relation>
:  of, relating to, or characterized by transition
tran·si·tive·ly adverb
tran·si·tive·ness noun
tran·si·tiv·i·ty \ˌtran(t)-sə-ˈti-və-tē, ˌtran-zə-\ noun

Examples of TRANSITIVE

  1. In I like pie and She makes hats, the verbs like and makes are transitive.


Late Latin transitivus, from Latin transitus, past participle of transire
First Known Use: 1590

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TRANSITIVELY Defined for Kids


adjective tran·si·tive \ˈtran-sə-tiv, -zə-\

Definition of TRANSITIVE for Kids

:  having or containing a direct object <transitive verbs>


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