intransitive Definition

not taking a direct object, as certain verbs (e.g., go, lie) or adjectives (e.g., pleased, sad) and often used with an adverbial complement, as in 'He went to the store' or 'She felt sad.'.

Using intransitive: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "intransitive" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The verb 'sleep' is intransitive.

  • Example

    Intransitive verbs do not take a direct object.

  • Example

    The sentence 'She sings beautifully' is an example of an intransitive sentence.

intransitive Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for intransitive

Antonyms for intransitive

Origins of intransitive

from Latin 'intransitivus', from in- 'not' + transitivus 'transitive'


Summary: intransitive in Brief

The term 'intransitive' [ɪnˈtrænsɪtɪv] refers to certain verbs or adjectives that do not take a direct object, often used with an adverbial complement. Examples include 'go,' 'lie,' and 'pleased.' Intransitive verbs are the opposite of transitive verbs and do not require an object to complete their meaning.