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adjective linguistics transitive pronunciation in American English /ˈtrænzɪtɪv/
  1. a transitive verb has a direct object, and is not normally used without one, for exampleappoint’, ‘injure’, ‘own’, ‘blame’, and ‘bring up’ (a child). In the sentence ‘Our educational toys support and encourage creative learning’, ‘support’ and ‘encourage’ are transitive verbs. Many transitive verbs are often used without objects, and are labelledintransitive/transitive’ in this dictionary. For example in the sentence ‘We’re looking for teachers who can really teach’, ‘teach’ is intransitive, and in ‘Alex teaches history and politics’, ‘teach’ is transitive.

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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