reflexive Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “reflexive” - English Dictionary

"reflexive" in American English

See all translations

reflexiveadjective [not gradable]

 us   /rɪˈflek·sɪv/
grammar showing that the action of the verb is directed back on the subject: In the sentence "He hurt himself," "hurt" is a reflexive verb and "himself" is a reflexive pronoun.
(Definition of reflexive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"reflexive" in British English

See all translations

reflexiveadjective

uk   /rɪˈflek.sɪv/  us   /rɪˈflek.sɪv/
  • reflexive adjective (GRAMMAR)

language Reflexive words show that the person who does the action is also the person who is affected by it: In the sentence "She prides herself on doing a good job", "prides" is a reflexive verb and "herself" is a reflexive pronoun.
(Definition of reflexive from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of reflexive?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
A bunch of stuff about plurals
A bunch of stuff about plurals
by ,
May 24, 2016
by Colin McIntosh One of the many ways in which English differs from other languages is its use of uncountable nouns to talk about collections of objects: as well as never being used in the plural, they’re never used with a or an. Examples are furniture (plural in German and many other languages), cutlery (plural in Italian), and

Read More 

Word of the Day

parasol

a type of sunshade (= round frame covered in cloth on a stick) carried especially by women in the past, to give protection from the sun

Word of the Day

convo noun
convo noun
May 23, 2016
informal a conversation The convo around concussions mostly focuses on guys who play football, but Chastain thinks that this whole thing could be a headache for women too.

Read More