: not transitive; especially : characterized by not having or containing a direct object <an intransitive verb>
— in·tran·si·tive·ly adverb
— in·tran·si·tive·ness noun
— in·tran·si·tiv·i·ty \(ˌ)in-ˌtran(t)-sə-ˈti-və-tē, -ˌtran-zə-\ noun
Examples of INTRANSITIVE
- In “I ran” and “The bird flies,” “ran” and “flies” are intransitive.
Origin of INTRANSITIVE
Late Latin intransitivus,
from Latin in-
+ Late Latin transitivus
First Known Use: 1612
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