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infinitive

adjective in·fin·i·tive \ in-ˈfi-nə-tiv \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of infinitive

: formed with the infinitive

infinitively

adverb

Origin and Etymology of infinitive

Middle English infinityf, borrowed from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French infinitif, borrowed from Late Latin infīnītīvus, from Latin infīnītus "not specified, indefinite, of a verbal form that does not specify person or number" + -īvus -ive — more at 1infinite

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infinitive

noun

Definition of infinitive

: a verb form normally identical in English with the first person singular that performs some functions of a noun and at the same time displays some characteristics of a verb and that is used with to (as in "I asked him to go") except with auxiliary and various other verbs (as in "no one saw him leave")

Origin and Etymology of infinitive

borrowed from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French infinitif, borrowed from Medieval Latin infīnītīvus, noun derivative of Late Latin infīnītīvus 1infinitive

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INFINITIVE Defined for English Language Learners

infinitive

Definition of infinitive for English Language Learners

  • grammar : the basic form of a verb


INFINITIVE Defined for Kids

infinitive

noun in·fin·i·tive \ in-ˈfi-nə-tiv \

Definition of infinitive for Students

: a verb form serving as a noun or as a modifier and at the same time taking objects and adverbial modifiers
  • In the sentence “I have nothing to do,” “to do” is an infinitive.


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