A transitive verb is a verb that takes a direct object. It is a verb that acts on something.
- The man ate the soup.
(transitive verb/ate – direct object/soup)
The verb ate is transitive because it acts on the soup.
- She is singing a song.
(transitive verb/sing – direct object/song)
The verb sing is transitive because you can sing something.
- Gary bought four beers.
(transitive verb/bought – direct object/beer)
The verb bought is transitive because you can buy something.
Compare with intransitive verbs.