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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.

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(Definition of infinitive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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…
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