- (grammar, of a verb) Taking an indirect object.
1999, Monique L'Huillier, Advanced French Grammar, ↑ISBN, page 245:
- French indirect transitive verbs, i.e. verbs which take an indirect object, cannot be passive.
2008, Mark Donohue & Søren Wichmann, The Typology of Semantic Alignment, ↑ISBN, page 209:
- It is common, not only for perception verbs but also for verbs that convey a metaphorically directional action with partially affected objects (especially animate objects), to display canonical indirect transitive constructions.
2008, Hindi-speaking Two-year-old Children's Development of Verb Constructions, ↑ISBN:
- Overall children's performance on direct transitive event (e.g. girl crumpling a paper) was not significantly different from their performance on the indirect transitive event (e.g. man putting powder in a liquid that changes its color).