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in·tran·si·tive / inˈtransitiv; -zi-/ • adj. (of a verb or a sense or use of a verb) not taking a direct object, e.g., look in look at the sky. The opposite of transitive. • n. an intransitive verb. DERIVATIVES: in·tran·si·tive·ly adv. in·tran·si·tiv·i·ty / -ˌtransiˈtivitē; -zi-/ n.

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intransitive XVII. — late L.; see IN-2.