Meaning of TRANSITIVE in English

[ 'transɪtɪv , 'trα:ns- , -nz- ]

■ adjective

1》 Grammar (of a verb or a sense or use of a verb) able to take a direct object (expressed or implied), e.g. saw in he saw the donkey . The opposite of in~ .

2》 Logic & Mathematics (of a relation) such that, if it applies between successive members of a sequence, it must also apply between any two members taken in order.


~ly adverb

~ness noun

transitivity noun


C16 (in the sense 'transitory'): from late L. transitivus , from transit- (see transit ).

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