intransitive
adjective Etymology: Late Latin intransitivus, from Latin in- + Late Latin transitivus transitive Date: 1612 not transitive; especially characterized by not having or containing a direct object <
an intransitive verb
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intransitively adverbintransitiveness nounintransitivity noun

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  • Intransitive — In*tran si*tive, a. [L. intransitivus: cf. F. intransitif. See {In } not, and {Transitive}.] 1. Not passing farther; kept; detained. [R.] [1913 Webster] And then it is for the image s sake and so far is intransitive; but whatever is paid more to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive — [in tran′sə tiv, in tran′zətiv] adj. [LL intransitivus] 1. not transitive 2. Gram. designating a verb that does not require a direct object n. an intransitive verb intransitively adv …   English World dictionary

  • intransitive — 1610s, from L.L. intransitivus not passing over (to another person), Priscian s term, from L. in not (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + transitivus that may pass over, from transire to pass over (see TRANSITIVE (Cf. transitive)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • intransitive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of a verb) not taking a direct object, e.g. look in look at the sky. The opposite of TRANSITIVE(Cf. ↑transitivity). DERIVATIVES intransitively adverb intransitivity noun …   English terms dictionary

  • intransitive — ● intransitif, intransitive adjectif (bas latin intransitivus) Se dit d un emploi, d une construction caractérisés par la présence d un verbe intransitif. ● intransitif, intransitive (expressions) adjectif (bas latin intransitivus) Verbe… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • intransitive — in|tran|si|tive [ınˈtrænsıtıv] adj technical an intransitive verb has a subject but no object. For example, in the sentence they arrived , arrived is intransitive. Intransitive verbs are marked in this dictionary ≠ ↑transitive… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • intransitive — in|tran|si|tive [ ın trænzətıv ] adjective LINGUISTICS an intransitive verb has no direct object. In the sentence The children played. the verb play is intransitive. Intransitive verbs are marked I in this dictionary. ╾ in|tran|si|tive|ly adverb… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • intransitive — adjective technical an intransitive verb has a subject but no object. For example, in the sentence my cup broke , break is intransitive. intransitive noun (C) intransitively adverb opposite transitive …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • intransitive — UK [ɪnˈtrænsətɪv] / US [ɪnˈtrænzətɪv] adjective linguistics an intransitive verb has no direct object. In the sentence The children played . the verb play is intransitive. Intransitive verbs are marked [I] in this dictionary. Derived words:… …   English dictionary

  • intransitive — [ɪnˈtrænsətɪv] adj linguistics an intransitive verb has no direct object. In the sentence ‘The children played the verb ‘play is intransitive. Intransitive verbs are marked ‘[I] in this dictionary …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • intransitive — intransitively, adv. intransitiveness, n. /in tran si tiv/, Gram. adj. 1. noting or having the quality of an intransitive verb. n. 2. See intransitive verb. [1605 15; < L intransitivus. See IN 3, TRANSITIVE] * * * …   Universalium

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