Simple Definition of intransitive
grammar of a verb : not taking or having a direct object
Full Definition of intransitive
: not transitive; especially : characterized by not having or containing a direct object <an intransitive verb>
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 transitive
First Known Use: 1612
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Spanish Central: Translation of "intransitive" Nglish: Translation of "intransitive" for Spanish speakers
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