from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or constituting a transitive verb that renders to a thing a certain character or status and that in English can take an objective complement modifying its direct object, such as make in That makes me angry, or elect in We elected him Treasurer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Causative
  • adj. Factive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Causing; causative.
  • adj. Pertaining to that relation which is proper when the act, as of a transitive verb, is not merely received by an object, but produces some change in the object, as when we say, He made the water wine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Causative; effective; expressive of making or causing: in grammar said of a verb which takes, besides its object, a further adjunct expressing something predicated of that object: thus, they made him a ruler; to call a man a coward; to paint the house red.
  • n. In grammar, a factitive verb.


New Latin factitīvus, from Latin factitāre, to do, practice, frequentative of facere, to do; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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