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Definition of Intransitive

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of a verb that does not have a direct object (Grammar)
verb having no direct object (Grammar)
Intransitive Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(a.)
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.
  
(a.)
Not passing farther; kept; detained.
  
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intransitive
\in*tran"si*tive\ (?), a. [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. 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.
note: 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.
intransitive
adj : (grammar) designating a verb that does not require or cannot take a direct object [ant: transitive]


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 intransitive verb 
 intransitive verb form 
WordNet 2.0

Adjective
1. designating a verb that does not require or cannot take a direct object
(antonym) transitive
(classification) grammar
Intransitive Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
In grammar, an intransitive verb is 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.

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