Use the adjective transitive when you're talking about a verb that needs both a subject and at least one object, like "give" in this sentence: "I will give you a cupcake if you're really nice."

You're only going to hear the word transitive in a grammar lesson, although you probably use transitive verbs all the time. While an intransitve verb, like to die, doesn't need an object — you can say "My dog died," for example — a transitive verb has a direct object upon which an action is performed. This grammatical meaning has been in use since the 1500s.

Definitions of transitive
  1. adjective
    designating a verb that requires a direct object to complete the meaning
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    designating a verb that does not require or cannot take a direct object
  2. noun
    a verb (or verb construction) that requires an object in order to be grammatical
    synonyms: transitive verb, transitive verb form
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    doubly transitive verb, doubly transitive verb form
    a transitive verb that takes both a direct and an indirect object
    type of:
    the word class that serves as the predicate of a sentence
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