ive definition

  • noun:
    • An obsolete as a type of ivy.
    • See ivy.
    • A termination of Latin origin, creating adjectives from verbs, meaning ‘doing’ so and so, or ‘serving to do’ so-and-so, or otherwise noting an adjective condition, such as active, acting, passive, suffering, demonstrative, providing to show, formative, providing to form, purgative, serving to purge, adoptive, collective, festive, furtive, indigenous, infinitive, relative, etc. Many such adjectives will also be made use of as nouns, like in a few of the examples cited.

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