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intransitive

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adjective in·tran·si·tive \(ˌ)in-ˈtran(t)-sə-tiv, -ˈtran-zə-; -ˈtran(t)s-tiv\

Simple Definition of intransitive

  • grammar of a verb : not taking or having a direct object

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of intransitive

  1. :  not transitive; especially :  characterized by not having or containing a direct object <an intransitive verb>

intransitively adverb
intransitiveness noun
intransitivity play \(ˌ)in-ˌtran(t)-sə-ˈti-və-tē, -ˌtran-zə-\ noun

Examples of intransitive in a sentence

  1. In I ran and The bird flies, ran and flies are intransitive.



Origin of intransitive

Late Latin intransitivus, from Latin in- + Late Latin transitivus transitive


First Known Use: 1612

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INTRANSITIVE Defined for Kids

intransitive

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adjective in·tran·si·tive \in-ˈtran-sə-tiv, -ˈtran-zə-\

Definition of intransitive for Students

  1. :  not having or containing a direct object <In “the bird flies,” the word “flies” is an intransitive verb.>




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