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transitive and intransitive verbs

English verbs are split into two major categories depending on how they function in a sentence: transitive and intransitive. Transitive verbs take one or more objects in a sentence, while intransitive verbs take no objects in a sentence.
Put simply, a transitive verb describes an action that is happening to something or someone, which is known as the verb’s direct object.
An intransitive verb, on the other hand, describes an action that does not happen to something or someone.
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tran·si·tive

 (trăn′sĭ-tĭv, -zĭ-)
adj.
1. Abbr. trans. or tr. or t. Grammar Expressing an action carried from the subject to the object; requiring a direct object to complete meaning. Used of a verb or verb construction.
2. Characterized by or involving transition.
3. Logic & Mathematics Of or relating to a binary relation such that, whenever one element is related to a second element and the second element is related to a third element, then the first element is also related to the third element. Examples of transitive relations are "less than" for real numbers (a < b and b < c implies a < c) and divisibility for integers (a divides b and b divides c mean that a divides c).
n. Grammar
A transitive verb.

[Late Latin trānsitīvus, passing over (translation of Greek diabibastikos), from trānsitus, past participle of trānsīre, to go over; see transient.]

tran′si·tive·ly adv.
tran′si·tive·ness, tran′si·tiv′i·ty n.

transitive

(ˈtrænsɪtɪv)
adj
1. (Grammar) grammar
a. denoting an occurrence of a verb when it requires a direct object or denoting a verb that customarily requires a direct object: 'to find' is a transitive verb.
b. (as noun): these verbs are transitives.
2. (Grammar) grammar denoting an adjective, such as fond, or a noun, such as husband, that requires a noun phrase and cannot be used without some implicit or explicit reference to such a noun phrase
3. (Logic) logic maths having the property that if one object bears a relationship to a second object that also bears the same relationship to a third object, then the first object bears this relationship to the third object: mathematical equality is transitive, since if x = y and y = z then x = z.
[C16: from Late Latin transitīvus from Latin transitus a going over; see transient]
ˈtransitively adv
ˌtransiˈtivity, ˈtransitiveness n

tran•si•tive

(ˈtræn sɪ tɪv, -zɪ-)

adj.
1. of or designating a verb that is accompanied by a direct object and from which a passive can be formed, as deny, put, or elect.
2. characterized by or involving transition; transitional.
n.
3. a transitive verb.
[1550–60; < Late Latin trānsitīvus= Latin trānsit(us), past participle of trānsīre to cross (see transit) + -īvus -ive]
tran′si•tive•ly, adv.
tran′si•tive•ness, tran`si•tiv′i•ty, n.

transitive

Used to describe a verb that has a direct object. Compare intransitive.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.transitive - a verb (or verb construction) that requires an object in order to be grammatical
verb - the word class that serves as the predicate of a sentence
doubly transitive verb, doubly transitive verb form - a transitive verb that takes both a direct and an indirect object
Adj.1.transitive - designating a verb that requires a direct object to complete the meaning
grammar - the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)
intransitive - designating a verb that does not require or cannot take a direct object
Translations
přechodnýtranzitivní
transitiv
prijelazantranzitivan
tárgyas
áhrifs-
galininkinistranzityvinis
transitīvs, pārejošs
przechodni
transitiv
geçişlinesne alan

transitive

[ˈtrænzɪtɪv] ADJtransitivo
transitive verbverbo m transitivo

transitive

[ˈtrænzɪtɪv] adj [verb] → transitif/ive

transitive

adjtransitiv; transitive verbtransitives Verb, Handlungsverb nt, → Transitiv(um) nt

transitive

[ˈtrænzɪtɪv] adj (Gram) → transitivo/a

transitive

(ˈtrӕnsitiv) adjective
(of a verb) having an object. He hit the ball; Open the door!
References in classic literature ?
For all symbols are fluxional; all language is vehicular and transitive, and is good, as ferries and horses are, for conveyance, not as farms and houses are, for homestead.
By the flag-transitivity of G, H is transitive on the blocks through a, and so H fixes exactly one point in P.
Let (U,R) be a fuzzy neutrosophic reflexive and transitive aproxiation space, i.
Keywords: disimplicial arcs, bisimplicial edges of bipartite graphs, disimplicial elimination schemes, bisimplicial elimination schemes, diclique irreducible digraphs, transitive digraphs, dedekind digraphs
That is, (v, w) is transitive in D if and only if v [right arrow] w is disimplicial in G.
Held believes that Heschel spoke in a poetic vein because it was necessary for his theological project, which was to awaken a sense of wonder and transitive concern in his readers.
Table 2 Summary of procedure for Experiment 2 Testing Tranning Transitive Nonel A1-B1 B1-C1 A1-C1 A2-B2 B2-C2 A2-C2 A3-B3 B3-C3 A3-F3 A4-B4 B4-C4 A4-F4 D1-E1 E1-F1 D1-F1 D2-E2 E2-F2 D1-F1 D3-E3 E3-F3 D3-C3 D4-E4 E4-F4 D4-C4 Note.
Here, eat is a transitive verb because there is a direct object: cookies.
The basic structural pattern for the underlying semantic representation of the transitive uses of these predicates is constituted of three core arguments, two direct and one oblique, both patterns including prepositional variants:
11) Moreover, we argue that these motivations have not been sufficient, and we need transitive motivations to completely overcome this limited inheritance.
2) In transitive or accusative contexts, non-alternating "se" correlates with an implication of inalienable possession between the subject and the object: in (3a) the head is Juan's, and so are the knee in (3b) and the hands in (3c) (they are parts of Juan's body, which is encoded by an inalienable possession relationship).
Time, a star, sextant, and chart will fix your place on the ocean's shifting page while its transitive grammar slips unread past the hull and spars--the run-on syntax of currents and winds, the tidal motifs and punctuation of reefs and lee shores.