Simple Definition of transitive
grammar of a verb : having or taking a direct object
Full Definition of transitive
1 : characterized by having or containing a direct object <a transitive verb>
2 : 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>
3 : of, relating to, or characterized by transition
Examples of transitive
In “I like pie” and “She makes hats,” the verbs “like” and “makes” are transitive.
Origin of transitive
Late Latin transitivus, from Latin transitus, past participle of transire
First Known Use: 1590
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