/ ˈtrænsətɪv; NAmE / adjective
( grammar ) ( of verbs ) used with a direct object :
In 'She wrote a letter', the verb 'wrote' is transitive and the word 'letter' is the direct object.
► tran·si·tive·ly adverb :
The verb is being used transitively.
mid 16th cent. (in the sense transitory ): from late Latin transitivus , from transit- gone across, from transire go across.