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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 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.

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

fac′ti·tive·ly adv.


(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


(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.


[ˈfæktɪtɪv] ADJfactitivo, causativo