adjective Etymology: Late Latin transitivus, from Latin transitus, past participle of transire Date: 1590 1. characterized by having or containing a direct object <
a transitive verb
a transitive construction
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 • transitively adverbtransitiveness nountransitivity noun

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive — [tran′sə tiv, tran′zətiv] adj. [LL transitivus < L transitus: see TRANSIT] 1. Rare of, showing, or characterized by transition; transitional 2. Gram. expressing an action thought of as passing over to and having an effect on some person or… …   English World dictionary

  • transitive — (adj.) taking a direct object (of verbs), 1570s (implied in transitively), from L.L. transitivus (Priscian) transitive, lit. that may pass over (to another person), from transire go or cross over (see TRANSIENT (Cf. transient)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • transitive — index temporary Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • transitive — ► ADJECTIVE Grammar ▪ (of a verb) able to take a direct object, e.g. saw in he saw the donkey. The opposite of INTRANSITIVE(Cf. ↑intransitivity). DERIVATIVES transitively adverb transitivity noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «transitory»: from …   English terms dictionary

  • transitive — ● transitif, transitive adjectif (bas latin transitivus, du latin classique transitum, de transire, aller au delà) Se dit d un verbe qui est construit avec un complément d objet direct (transitif direct : « il mange une pomme ») ou un complément… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • transitive — transitively, adv. transitiveness, transitivity, n. /tran si tiv, zi /, adj. 1. Gram. having the nature of a transitive verb. 2. characterized by or involving transition; transitional; intermediate. 3. passing over to or affecting something else; …   Universalium

  • transitive — adjective a) Making a transit or passage. , For all symbols are fluxional; all language is vehicular and transitive, and is good, as ferries and horses are, for conveyance, not as farms and houses are, for homestead. , The Poet b) Affected by… …   Wiktionary

  • transitive — tran|si|tive [ˈtrænsıtıv, zı ] adj technical [Date: 1500 1600; : Late Latin; Origin: transitivus, from Latin transire; TRANSIENT1] a transitive verb must have an object, for example the verb break in the sentence I broke the cup . Transitive… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • transitive — adjective technical a transitive verb must have an object, for example the verb break in the sentence I broke the cup compare ditransitive, intransitive transitive noun (C) transitively adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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