transitive

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

Definition of transitive

  1. 1 :  characterized by having or containing a direct object <a transitive verb>

  2. 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. 3 :  of, relating to, or characterized by transition

transitively

adverb

transitiveness

noun

transitivity

play \ˌtran(t)-sə-ˈti-və-tē, ˌtran-zə-\ noun

Examples of transitive in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of transitive

Late Latin transitivus, from Latin transitus, past participle of transire


First Known Use: 1590

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TRANSITIVE Defined for English Language Learners

transitive

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

Definition of transitive for English Language Learners

  • grammar of a verb : having or taking a direct object


TRANSITIVE Defined for Kids

transitive

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

Definition of transitive for Students

  1. :  having or containing a direct object <transitive verbs>


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