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intransitive (adjective)

Definition:

designating a verb that doesn't require or can't take a direct object

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Derivative:

intransitively

Comparative:

more intransitive

Superlative:

most intransitive

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

i. [acronym] | int. [abbreviation] | intr. [abbreviation]

Etymology:

Late Latin intransitivus "not passing over" (to another person), Priscian's...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

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Definition references

Wikipedia:

Intransitive verb

a verb that has no direct object. This is distinct from a transitive verb, which takes one or more objects. The verb property is called transitivity. Examples of intransitive verbs include to age, to die, and to sleep. Transitive verbs include to give... (43 of 1415 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Intransitive verb

Collins Dictionary:

intransitive | intrans. [synonym] | intransitively [adverb, derived]

denoting a verb when it does not require a direct object | denoting a verb that customarily does not require a direct object | [noun] a verb in either ... (27 of 321 words, 5 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/intransitive

Oxford Dictionary:

intransitive | intransitively [derived] | intransitivity [derived]

(of a verb or a sense or use of a verb) not taking a direct object, e.g. look in look at the sky (23 of 78 words, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/intransitive

Merriam-Webster:

intransitive | intransitively [adverb, related] | intransitiveness [noun, related] | intransitivity [noun, related]

not transitive ; especially, characterized by not having or containing a direct object (13 of 72 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/intransitive

Cambridge Dictionary:

intransitive [specialized] | intransitively [adverb, derived]

(of a verb) having or needing no object (8 of 60 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/intransitive

Macmillan British Dictionary:

intransitive [linguistics] | intransitivity [singular] | intransitivities [plural] | intransitively [adverb, related]

an intransitive verb has no direct object. In the sentence "The children played". the verb "play" is intransitive. Intransitive verbs are marked " [I] ... (24 of 55 words, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/intransitive

American Heritage Dictionary:

intransitive | intr. [abbreviation] | intransitively [adverb, related] | intransitiveness [noun, related] | intransitivity [noun, related]

Designating a verb or verb construction that does not require or cannot take a direct object, as "snow" or "sleep". | An intransitive verb. (23 of 38 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/intransitive

Wiktionary:

intransitive | intransitif [French, grammar] | intransitives [French, feminine plural, grammar] | transitive [antonym, sense-specific] | kept [synonym, sense-specific] | detained [synonym, sense-specific]

[grammar, verb] Not transitive: not having, or not taking, a direct object. | [rare] Not transitive or passing further; kept; detained. (20 of 30 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/intransitive

New World Dictionary:

intransitive | intransitively [adverb, related]

not transitive | [grammar] designating a verb that does not require a direct object | an intransitive verb (16 of 25 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/intransitive

Random House Dictionary:

intransitive [grammar] | intransitive verb [sense-specific]

noting or having the quality of an intransitive verb. | "intransitive verb" (11 of 19 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/intransitive

Encarta Dictionary:

intransitive | intransitives [plural] | intr. [grammar, abbreviation] | intrans. [grammar, abbreviation] | intransitively [adverb, derived]

describes a verb, or the use of a verb, without a direct object, e.g. the verb "die" in the sentence "He was slowly dying" | a verb that does not take ... (30 of 57 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861622103​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

intransitive

First use: 1610s

Origin: Late Latin intransitivus "not passing over" (to another person), Priscian's term, from Latin in- "not" + transitivus "that may ... (20 of 26 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=intransitive

Oxford Dictionary:

intransitive

First use: early 17th century

Origin: late Latin intransitivus "not passing over", from in- "not" + transitivus (see "transitive")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/intransitive

Merriam-Webster:

intransitive

First use: 1612

Origin: Late Latin intransitivus, from Latin in- + Late Latin transitivus transitive

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/intransitive

New World Dictionary:

intransitive

Origin: Late Latin intransitivus

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/intransitive

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

intransitive

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "intransitive"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/intransitive

Cambridge Dictionary:

intransitive [specialized]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "intransitive"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "intransitive"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/intransitive

Macmillan British Dictionary:

intransitive [linguistics] | intransitivity [singular] | intransitivities [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "intransitive"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/intransitive

Macmillan American Dictionary:

intransitive [linguistics] | intransitivity [singular] | intransitivities [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "intransitive"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/intransitive

the Free Dictionary:

intransitive

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "intransitive"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "intransitive"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "intransitive" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/intransitive

Google Dictionary:

intransitive | intransitives [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "intransitive"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=intransitive

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

intransitive

Audio: North American pronunciation of "intransitive"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=intran​07 word=intransitive

intransitive

Audio: North American pronunciation of "intransitive"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=intran​08 word=intransitive

YourDictionary Audio:

intransitive

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "intransitive" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/intransitive

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