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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.


(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
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