Transitive Tran"si*tive, a. [L. transitivus: cf. F. transitif. See {Transient}.] 1. Having the power of making a transit, or passage. [R.] --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. Effected by transference of signification. [1913 Webster]

By far the greater part of the transitive or derivative applications of words depend on casual and unaccountable caprices of the feelings or the fancy. --Stewart. [1913 Webster]

3. (Gram.) Passing over to an object; expressing an action which is not limited to the agent or subject, but which requires an object to complete the sense; as, a transitive verb, for example, he holds the book. [1913 Webster] -- {Tran"si*tive*ly}, adv. -- {Tran"si*tive*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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