- a verb that indicates a complete action without being accompanied by a direct object, as sit or lie, and, in English, that does not form a passive.
Origin of intransitive verb
First recorded in 1605–15
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Some verbs can be intransitive in one sentence and transitive in another. Boiled is intransitive in “My blood boiled” but transitive in “I boiled some water.”
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