Origin of intransitive
OTHER WORDS FROM intransitivein·tran·si·tive·ly, adverbin·tran·si·tive·ness, noun
Words nearby intransitive
How to use intransitive in a sentence
This meaning of , taken as intransitive, is rather vague, but I believe substantially correct.
The intransitive form derives from the transitive by dropping a generalized, customary, reflexive or cognate object.Instigations|Ezra Pound
Indeed, the intransitive form of the Anglo-Saxon verb winnan, whence our win, signifies "To gain the victory."On Some Ancient Battle-Fields in Lancashire|Charles Hardwick
Smake, perceive by smell; a rare transitive use; see 211/497 for the intransitive, give out a smell.
What looks at first, therefore, like a copula turns out to be merely an impersonal intransitive verb.The Soul of the Far East|Percival Lowell
British Dictionary definitions for intransitive
- denoting a verb when it does not require a direct object
- denoting a verb that customarily does not require a direct object"to faint" is an intransitive verb
- (as noun) a verb in either of these categories