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intransitive


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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.  --Jer.  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  intransitive 
  adj  :  (grammar)  designating  a  verb  that  does  not  require  or  cannot 
  take  a  direct  object  [ant:  {transitive}] 




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