infinitive Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “infinitive” in the English Dictionary

"infinitive" in British English

See all translations

infinitivenoun [C]

uk   /ɪnˈfɪn.ɪ.tɪv/  us   /-ə.t̬ɪv/ specialized
B1 the ​basicform of a ​verb that usually ​follows "to": In the ​sentences "I had to go" and "I must go", "go" is an infinitive. "Go" is the infinitive form.
More examples
(Definition of infinitive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"infinitive" in American English

See all translations

infinitivenoun [C]

 us   /ɪnˈfɪn·ə·t̬ɪv/
grammar the ​basicform of a ​verb, usually ​following "to" or another ​verbform: In the ​sentences "I had to go" and "I must go," "go" is an infinitive.
(Definition of infinitive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “infinitive”
in Korean 동사 원형…
in Arabic مَصْدَر (نَحو)…
in Malaysian infinitif…
in French infinitif…
in Russian инфинитив…
in Chinese (Traditional) (動詞)原形,不定式…
in Italian infinito…
in Turkish mastar, fiilin ...mek/mak hali…
in Polish bezokolicznik…
in Spanish infinitivo…
in Vietnamese nguyên thể…
in Portuguese infinitivo…
in Thai ซึ่งไม่สามารถหลีกเลี่ยงได้…
in German der Infinitiv…
in Catalan infinitiu…
in Japanese (文法)不定詞…
in Chinese (Simplified) (动词)原形,不定式…
in Indonesian infinitif…
What is the pronunciation of infinitive?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “infinitive”

Word of the Day

chestnut

a large tree with leaves divided into five parts and large round nuts that can be eaten

Word of the Day

In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
by Liz Walter,
September 02, 2015
Several readers have asked for information on prepositions, so I will start with a blog post that looks at an area where they are really important: travel. The first thing to remember is that we use to (and not ‘in’) after the verb go: We are going to London. I went to

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More