Transitive

Tran"si*tive

(?), a. [L. transitivus: cf. F. transitif. See Transient.] 1. Having the power of making a transit, or passage. [R.] Bacon.
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2. Effected by transference of signification.
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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.
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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.
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-- Tran"si*tive*ly, adv. -- Tran"si*tive*ness, n.
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