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Meaning of INTRANSITIVE

Pronunciation:  in'transitiv

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[adj]  (grammar) designating a verb that does not require or cannot take a direct object
 

INTRANSITIVE is a 12 letter word that starts with I.

 

 Antonyms: transitive
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\In*tran"si*tive\, a. [L. intransitivus: cf. F.
intransitif. See {In-} not, and {Transitive}.]
1. Not passing farther; kept; detained. [R.]

         And then it is for the image's sake and so far is
         intransitive; but whatever is paid more to the image
         is transitive and passes further.     --Jer. Taylor.

2. (Gram.) Not transitive; not passing over to an object;
   expressing an action or state that is limited to the agent
   or subject, or, in other words, an action which does not
   require an object to complete the sense; as, an
   intransitive verb, e. g., the bird flies; the dog runs.

Note: Intransitive verbs have no passive form. Some verbs
      which appear at first sight to be intransitive are in
      reality, or were originally, transitive verbs with a
      reflexive or other object omitted; as, he keeps (i. e.,
      himself) aloof from danger. Intransitive verbs may take
      a noun of kindred signification for a cognate object;
      as, he died the death of a hero; he dreamed a dream.
      Some intransitive verbs, by the addition of a
      preposition, become transitive, and so admit of a
      passive voice; as, the man laughed at; he was laughed
      at by the man.

 
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