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
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Culture definitions for transitive verb

transitive verb


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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