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adjective linguistics     transitive pronunciation in British English
  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.
    See also intransitive

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a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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