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transitive verb

noun, Grammar.
a verb accompanied by a direct object and from which a passive can be formed, as deny, rectify, elect.
Origin of transitive verb
First recorded in 1580-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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transitive verb definition

A verb that needs a direct object to complete its meaning. Bring, enjoy, and prefer are transitive verbs. (Compare intransitive verb.)

Note: Some verbs can be transitive in one sentence and intransitive in another: turned is transitive in “Brenda turned the wheel sharply” but intransitive in “Fred turned when I called.”
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