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factitive verb

Factitive verbs are used to indicate the resulting condition or state (known as the object complement) of a person, place, or thing (the direct object) caused by the action of the verb.
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Of or relating to a transitive verb that denotes the giving of a new character or status and that can take an object complement indicating that character or status, such as make in That makes me angry, or elect in We elected him Treasurer.

[New Latin factitīvus, from Latin factitāre, to do, practice, frequentative of facere, to do; see dhē- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

fac′ti·tive·ly adv.
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(Grammar) grammar denoting a verb taking a direct object as well as a noun in apposition, as for example elect in they elected John president, where John is the direct object and president is the complement
[C19: from New Latin factitīvus, from Latin factitāre to do frequently, from facere to do]
ˈfactitively adv
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(ˈfæk tɪ tɪv)

of or pertaining to a verb that expresses the idea of rendering in a certain way and that takes a direct object and an additional word or phrase indicating the result of the process, as made in They made him king.
[1840–50; < Latin factit(āre) to do often]
fac′ti•tive•ly, adv.
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[ˈfæktɪtɪv] ADJfactitivo, causativo
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The stem zammurinu- cannot be a factitive derived from a putative noun *zammuri-'offence' or an adjective *zammuri- 'offending': nw-factitives regularly delete stem-final i of the underlying nominal stem.
also the Jakarta Indonesian factitive suffix in (8)):
Occasionally DO takes the role of a lexical verb, with a general factitive meaning, e.g., "If it shall mooue thee, to doo that is ill" (1582, B6r), or a substitutive verb, as in example 35.
(A) Some verbs prefixed with o(b)--do not exist in contemporary usage, but do in older sources; for example, the factitive Croatian verb olijepiti 'be come beautiful'.
The verb meiutama, with a factitive suffix, meaning 'decorate with birches' has been used in Muhu patois, e.g.
(64.) Gould speaks of "The shifting 'worlds' of the Oresteia which are [.] mediated by changes in the factitive identity of the chorus." John Gould, 'Tragedy and Collective Experience', in Silk (ed.), Tragedy and the tragic: Greek theatre and beyond, p.
13.8.3 The modeling of case grammar on predicate calculus cannot disguise the fact that its agentive, instrumental, dative, factitive, locative, and objective cases (derived from Latin grammar) are derivative of imaginable situations rather than foundational.
This finding cannot be accounted for by the identical word formation type [QUALITY.sup.Result] ACTION, based on the factitive relation, because, for example, the above-discussed difference between 'to act or behave the boys do (immature)' and 'to (try to) look/behave like a boy (clothes, haircut, walk)--of girls', also characterized by the same WFT, is more than one predictability level (0.155).
By turning to the passive khuyyil and its implied active participle (mukhayyil), Alfarabi was suggesting a quwwa which would be different from al-quwwa al-mutakhayyila (and not as Cantarino states and Ajami concurs "in the same vein" as takhyeel).[18] While al-quwwa al- mutakhayyila signifies the faculty that creates imagination in itself, i.e., is reflexive, al-quwwa al-mukhayyila points to the creating/projecting of imaginings, i.e., is causative and factitive. Although Alfarabi did not use the phrase, al-quwwa al-mukhayyila, he alluded to that faculty in his phrase, aqaweel mukhayyila.
The only possible way to interpret this verbal form is as a 3rd person singular factitive preterite of belum followed by a ventive: ubillam, "he gave power." The loss of the mimation on the ventive is not at all surprising since the use of mimation was inconsistent in the Susa texts (see Salonen 1962: 92-93).
The ordinal progression of categories arbitrary from the point of view of the developed software application nonetheless took into account the linguistic principles of natural morphology (the more common category precedes the less common one), diathetical derivation (passivization transform follows its reverse counterpart), part-of-speech succession (the noun proceeds the adjective and the adjective proceeds the lexicalized participle), derivational complexity (secondary derivatives attain larger ordinal labels than their primary deverbal motivators) or epidigmatic (sense building) complexity (factitive lexicalizations are a subclass of their same-word action counterparts).
"I made him carry you" The only prefix that can occur between the causative prefix and the root is the factitive prefix -w[??]-.