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Webster 1913 Edition


Intransitive

In-tran′si-tive

,
Adj.
[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
.
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.

Webster 1828 Edition


Intransitive

INTRANS'ITIVE

,
Adj.
[L. intransitivus; in and transeo, to pass over.]
In grammar, an intransitive verb is one which expresses an action or state that is limited to the agent, or in other words, an action that does not pass over to, or operate upon an object; as, I walk; I run; I sleep.

Definition 2021


intransitive

intransitive

English

Adjective

intransitive (not comparable)

  1. (grammar, of a verb) Not transitive: not having, or not taking, a direct object.
    The word "drink" is a transitive verb in "they drink wine", but an intransitive one in "they drink often."
  2. (rare) Not transitive or passing further; kept; detained.
    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. Jeremy Taylor.

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French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɛ̃.tʁɑ̃.zi.tiv/
  • Rhymes: -iv
  • Homophone: intransitives

Adjective

intransitive

  1. feminine singular of intransitif

Italian

Adjective

intransitive f pl

  1. feminine plural of intransitivo

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