from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Designating a verb or verb construction that does not require or cannot take a direct object, as snow or sleep.
  • noun An intransitive verb.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective rare Not passing farther; kept; detained.
  • adjective (Gram.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective grammar, of a verb Not transitive: not having, or not taking, a direct object.
  • adjective rare Not transitive or passing further; kept; detained.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a verb (or verb construction) that does not take an object
  • adjective designating a verb that does not require or cannot take a direct object


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