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 a sentence
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
INTRANSITIVE Defined for Kids
Definition of intransitive for Students
: not having or containing a direct object <In “the bird flies,” the word “flies” is an intransitive verb.>
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