What does intransitive mean?

Definitions for intransitive
ɪnˈtræn sɪ tɪvin·tran·si·tive

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word intransitive.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. intransitive verb, intransitive verb form, intransitiveadjective

    a verb (or verb construction) that does not take an object

  2. intransitiveadjective

    designating a verb that does not require or cannot take a direct object


  1. intransitiveadjective

    Not transitive: not having, or not taking, a direct object.

    The word "drink" is a transitive verb in "they drink wine", but an intransitive one in "they drink often."

  2. intransitiveadjective

    Not transitive or passing further; kept; detained.

    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. uE000138737uE001 Jeremy Taylor.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Intransitiveverb

    In grammar. A verb intransitive is that which signifies an action, not conceived as having an effect upon any object; as, curro, I run. John Clarke Lat. Gram.

    Etymology: intransitivus, Latin.


  1. intransitive

    In grammar, an intransitive verb is a verb whose context does not entail a direct object. That lack of transitivity distinguishes intransitive verbs from transitive verbs, which entail one or more objects. Additionally, intransitive verbs are typically considered within a class apart from modal verbs and defective verbs.


  1. intransitive

    In language and grammar, "intransitive" refers to a type of verb that does not require or take a direct object to complete its meaning. The action it describes is not done to someone or something. It only involves the subject. For example, in the sentence "I arrived," "arrived" is an intransitive verb. Additionally, in a broader context, intransitive can also mean not transitive, not passing over to an object or not causing action to pass to a secondary endpoint.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intransitiveadjective

    not passing farther; kept; detained

  2. Intransitiveadjective

    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

  3. Etymology: [L. intransitivus: cf. F. intransitif. See In- not, and Transitive.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Intransitive

    in-tran′si-tiv, adj. not passing over or indicating passing over: (gram.) representing action confined to the agent.—adv. Intran′sitively.

Matched Categories

How to pronounce intransitive?

How to say intransitive in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of intransitive in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of intransitive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for intransitive

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for intransitive »


Find a translation for the intransitive definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"intransitive." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 29 Feb. 2024. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/intransitive>.

Discuss these intransitive definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for intransitive? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    express strong disapproval of
    • A. emerge
    • B. interrogate
    • C. condemn
    • D. signify

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for intransitive: