[ in-tran-si-tiv ]
/ ɪnˈtræn sɪ tɪv /


noting or having the quality of an intransitive verb.




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Origin of intransitive

From the Latin word intrānsitīvus, dating back to 1605–15. See in-3, transitive

OTHER WORDS FROM intransitive

in·tran·si·tive·ly, adverbin·tran·si·tive·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for intransitive

British Dictionary definitions for intransitive

/ (ɪnˈtrænsɪtɪv) /


  1. denoting a verb when it does not require a direct object
  2. denoting a verb that customarily does not require a direct object"to faint" is an intransitive verb
  3. (as noun) a verb in either of these categories
denoting an adjective or noun that does not require any particular noun phrase as a referent
logic maths (of a relation) having the property that if it holds between one argument and a second, and between the second and a third, it must fail to hold between the first and the third"being the mother of" is an intransitive relation

Derived forms of intransitive

intransitively, adverbintransitivity or intransitiveness, noun
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