Definition of “intransitive” - English Dictionary

“intransitive” in British English

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uk /ɪnˈtræn.sə.tɪv/ /ɪnˈtrɑːn.sə.tɪv/ /ɪnˈtræn.zə.tɪv/ /ɪnˈtrɑːn.zə.tɪv/ us /ɪnˈtræn.sə.t̬ɪv/ specialized

B2 (of a verb) having or needing no object:

In the sentence "I tried to persuade him, but he wouldn't come", "come" is an intransitive verb.
In this dictionary, verbs which are intransitive are marked [I].

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  • A lot of verbs are both transitive and intransitive.
  • Any halfway decent teacher should be able to explain the difference between transitive and intransitive verbs.
adverb uk /ɪnˈtræn.sə.tɪ /ɪnˈtrɑːn.sə.tɪ /ɪnˈtræn.zə.tɪ /ɪnˈtrɑːn.zə.tɪ us /ɪnˈtræn.sə.t̬ɪ
noun [ C ] uk us


(Definition of “intransitive” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“intransitive” in American English

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intransitiveadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ɪnˈtræn·sə·t̬ɪv, -zə-/

grammar (of a verb) needing no direct object (= the thing the verb acts on):

In the sentence "I ran with him to the store," "ran" is an intransitive verb.

(Definition of “intransitive” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)