a verb accompanied by a direct object and from which a passive can be formed, as deny, rectify, elect.
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Origin of transitive verb
First recorded in 1580–90
Words nearby transitive verb
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Cultural definitions for transitive verb
notes for transitive verb
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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