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transitive

adjective [not gradable]  /ˈtræn·sɪ·t̬ɪv, -zɪ·t̬ɪv/ us  
grammar (of a verb) having or needing an object: In the sentence "The car hit a tree," "hit" is a transitive verb and "tree" is the object.
Translations of “transitive”
in Korean 타동사의…
in Arabic فِعل مُتَعدٍّ (نَحو)…
in French transitif…
in Turkish geçişli, nesne alan…
in Italian transitivo…
in Chinese (Traditional) (動詞)及物的…
in Russian переходный (в грамматике)…
in Polish przechodni…
in Spanish transitivo…
in Portuguese transitivo…
in German transitiv…
in Catalan transitiu…
in Japanese (文法)他動詞の…
in Chinese (Simplified) (动词)及物的…
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