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Meaning of transitive by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin transitivus, from transitus, from trans ( “across” ) + itus, from eo ( “to go” )


    transitive ( not comparable )

    Set theory: An example of a transitivity relation.
    1. Making a transit or passage .
    2. Affected by transference of signification .
    3. ( grammar ): Of a verb, that takes an object or objects. ( compare with: intransitive. )
      I read the book. ( read is a transitive verb )
      I read. ( read is an intransitive verb )
    4. ( set theory ): Of a relation R on a set S, such that if xRy and yRz, then xRz for all members x, y and z of S ( that is, if the relation applies from one element to a second, and from the second to a third, then it also applies from the first element to the third ) .
      "Is an ancestor of" is a transitive relation .


    See also

    • transitive in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

Explanation of transitive by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. designating a verb that requires a direct object to complete the meaning

    1. a verb ( or verb construction ) that requires an object in order to be grammatical

    Definition of transitive by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Transitive a. [L. transitivus: cf. F. transitif. See Transient.]
      1. Having the power of making a transit, or passage. [R.] Bacon.

      2. Effected by transference of signification.

      By far the greater part of the transitive or derivative applications of words depend on casual and unaccountable caprices of the feelings or the fancy. Stewart.

      3. ( Gram. ) Passing over to an object; expressing an action which is not limited to the agent or subject, but which requires an object to complete the sense; as, “a transitive verb, for example, he holds the book”.

      -- Transitively, adv. -- Transitiveness, n.