transitive verb

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Coined between 1580 and 1590.[1]

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transitive verb (plural transitive verbs)

  1. (grammar): A verb that is accompanied (either clearly or implicitly) by a direct object in the active voice. It links the action taken by the subject with the object upon which that action is taken. Consequently, transitive verbs can also be used in the passive voice when the direct object of the equivalent active-voice sentence becomes the subject.

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  1. ^ transitive verb” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.