Definition of transitive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtrænsətɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrænsətɪv//
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(of verbs) used with a direct object In ‘She wrote a letter’, the verb ‘wrote’ is transitive and the word ‘letter’ is the direct object. opposite intransitive Word Originmid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘transitory’): from late Latin transitivus, from transit- ‘gone across’, from transire ‘go across’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: transitive