from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Designating a verb or verb construction that does not require or cannot take a direct object, as snow or sleep.
- n. An intransitive verb.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Not transitive: not having, or not taking, a direct object.
- adj. Not transitive or passing further; kept; detained.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not passing farther; kept; detained.
- adj. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In grammar, not expressing an action that passes immediately over to an object; not taking a direct object: said of verbs that require a preposition before their object, or take one only indirectly, or in the manner of a dative: as, to stand on the ground; to swim in the water; to run away.
- Not transitive, in the logical or mathematical sense.
- n. In grammar, a verb which does not properly take after it an object, as sit, fall, run, lie.
- In grammar: Noting the case which expresses the subject of the intransitive verb or the object of the transitive verb.
- In Eskimo gram., noting the thing possessed. Also called objective.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a verb (or verb construction) that does not take an object
- adj. designating a verb that does not require or cannot take a direct object
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His theory, which consisted of four major stages and multiple substages, also set the ground rules for future stage theories: they are hierarchical, in that later stages grow out of earlier ones, and they are intransitive, that is, unable to be reordered.
There is an 'intransitive' element in us, a habit of doing things that have significance.
Some transitive verbs have English meanings which do not differ in form from the "intransitive" English verbs to which they are related
English it is generally intransitive, meaning to be careful or thoughtful; it is from the Anglo-Saxon 'Carian'; it became obsolete in the seventeenth century.
An "intransitive" verb, of course, is one that acts on its own, without an object.
The verb "lie" (prone or at rest) is intransitive, meaning, as you well know it, cannot have direct objects.
I'd say that the only difference between the verb "se souvenir" (intransitive) and the verb "se rappeler" (transitive) is in the construction.
I did learn that the F-word can be used as a verb transitive or intransitive, as well as compound, adverb, adjective, command, interjection and noun -- often in a single sentence.
Contemplation is "intransitive and experiential in its nature, is for itself"; analytic thought "is transitive, is goal directed ... a means, its increments mainly building blocks toward some synthesis or explanation."
Desaparecido is the past participle of desaparecer, which means disappear, but one curiosity of the Spanish language is that past participles of intransitive verbs can have active meanings.