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infinitive

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adjective in·fin·i·tive \in-ˈfi-nə-tiv\

Definition of infinitive

  1. :  formed with the infinitive

infinitively

adverb

Origin and Etymology of infinitive

Middle English infinityf, from Late Latin infinitivus, from Latin infinitus


First Known Use: 15th century

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infinitive

noun in·fin·i·tive

Definition of infinitive

  1. :  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”)

1530

First Known Use of infinitive

1530

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INFINITIVE Defined for English Language Learners

infinitive

noun

Definition of infinitive for English Language Learners

  • grammar : the basic form of a verb


INFINITIVE Defined for Kids

infinitive

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noun in·fin·i·tive \in-ˈfi-nə-tiv\

Definition of infinitive for Students

  1. :  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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