Origin of transitive
Examples from the Web for transitive
This word completing a transitive verb is sometimes called a factitive object, or second object, but it is a true complement.An English Grammar|W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
Use of intransitive for transitive verbs, as "he was graduated from college," or vice versa, as "he ingratiated with the tyrant."Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922|Howard Phillips Lovecraft
But the serial relations are transitive relations which are not symmetrical.
The person or thing acted upon is called the direct object of a transitive verb, and is given the ending -n.A Complete Grammar of Esperanto|Ivy Kellerman Reed
The presence of a transitive verb implies also the presence of a noun; which noun is the name of the object affected.A Handbook of the English Language|Robert Gordon Latham
British Dictionary definitions for transitive
- denoting an occurrence of a verb when it requires a direct object or denoting a verb that customarily requires a direct object``to find'' is a transitive verb
- (as noun)these verbs are transitives
Word Origin for transitive
Word Origin and History for transitive
"taking a direct object" (of verbs), 1570s (implied in transitively), from Late Latin transitivus (Priscian) "transitive," literally "that may pass over (to another person)," from transire "go or cross over" (see transient).