transitive ADJECTIVE Grammar (of a verb) able to take a direct object, e.g. saw in he saw the donkey. The opposite of INTRANSITIVE(Cf. ↑intransitivity).
DERIVATIVES transitively adverb transitivity noun.
ORIGIN originally in the sense «transitory»: from Latin transitivus, from transire 'go across' .

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