American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Grammar Expressing an action carried from the subject to the object; requiring a direct object to complete meaning. Used of a verb or verb construction.
- adj. Characterized by or involving transition.
- adj. Logic & Mathematics Of or relating to a relationship between three elements such that if the relationship holds between the first and second elements and between the second and third elements, it necessarily holds between the first and third elements. Examples of transitive relationships are equality for numbers and divisibility for integers.
- n. Grammar A transitive verb.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In Eskimo gram., noting the case expressing the subject of a transitive verb and the owner of an object. Also called subjective.
- In mathematics, having the quality or power of transmutation, transmission, or transition: as, a group transitive in respect of a set of objects.
- Having the power of passing, or making transition; passing over into something.
- Effected by, or existing as the result of, transference or extension of signification; derivative; secondary; metaphorical.
- In grammar, taking a direct object; followed by a substantive in an accusative relation: said of a verb, or of the action expressed by a verb. Transitive is opposed to intransitive; but the distinction, though practically valuable, is only of minor importance, since no transitive verb is in English incapable of intransitive use, and also many in transitives can be used transitively, and verbs that are transitive in one language are the opposite in another, and so on. Abbreviated t. and transitive
- Serving as a medium or means of transition.
- n. A transitive verb.
- adj. Making a transit or passage.
- adj. Affected by transference of signification.
- adj. grammar, of a verb Taking an object or objects.
- adj. set theory Having the property that if an element x is related to y and y is related to z, then x is necessarily related to z.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. rare Having the power of making a transit, or passage.
- adj. Effected by transference of signification.
- adj. (Gram.) Passing over to an object; expressing an action which is not limited to the agent or subject, but which requires an object to complete the sense.
- n. a verb (or verb construction) that requires an object in order to be grammatical
- adj. designating a verb that requires a direct object to complete the meaning
- From Latin transitivus, from transitus, from trans ("across") + itus, from eo ("to go"). (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin trānsitīvus, passing over (translation of Greek diabibastikos), from trānsitus, past participle of trānsīre, to go over; see transient. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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