- The definition of transitive is a grammar term used to refer to verbs that carry from the subject to the object and require a direct object.
In the sentence "Penny kicked John," kicked is an example of a transitive verb. John is the direct object.
transitive definition by Webster's New World
- Rare of, showing, or characterized by transition; transitional
- Gram. expressing an action thought of as passing over to and having an effect on some person or thing; taking a direct object: said of certain verbs
- Math. designating a relation having the property that, whenever a first element bears a particular relation to a second that in turn bears this same relation to a third, the first element bears this relation to the third: identity and equality are transitive relations
Origin: Late Latin transitivus ; from Classical Latin transitus: see transit
transitive definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- Characterized by or involving transition.
- Logic & Mathematics Of or relating to a relationship between three elements such that if the relationship holds between the first and second elements and between the second and third elements, it necessarily holds between the first and third elements. Examples of transitive relationships are equality for numbers and divisibility for integers.
Origin: Late Latin trānsitīvus, passing over (translation of Greek diabibastikos), from trānsitus, past participle of trānsīre, to go over; see transient.
- tranˈsi·tive·ly adverb
- tranˈsi·tive·ness, tranˌsi·tivˈi·ty noun
transitive - Science Definition