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a verb that indicates a complete action without being accompanied by a direct object, as sit or lie, and, in English, that does not form a passive.

A verb that does not need a direct object to complete its meaning. Run, sleep, travel, wonder, and die are all intransitive verbs. (Compare transitive verb.)

Note: Some verbs can be intransitive in one sentence and transitive in another. Boiled is intransitive in “My blood boiled” but transitive in “I boiled some water.”


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  • In-transitu

    [in trahn-si-too; English in tran-si-too, -tyoo] /ɪn ˈtrɑn sɪˌtu; English ɪn ˈtræn sɪˌtu, -ˌtyu/ adverb, Latin. 1. in transit; on the way.

  • Intrant

    [in-truh nt] /ˈɪn trənt/ noun, Archaic. 1. a person who enters (a college, association, etc.); entrant.

  • Intranuclear

    [in-truh-noo-klee-er, -nyoo- or, by metathesis, -kyuh-ler] /ˌɪn trəˈnu kli ər, -ˈnyu- or, by metathesis, -kyə lər/ adjective 1. existing or taking place within a nucleus. /ˌɪntrəˈnjuːklɪə/ adjective 1. situated or occurring within a nucleus

  • Intraocular

    [in-truh-ok-yuh-ler] /ˌɪn trəˈɒk yə lər/ adjective 1. located or occurring within or administered through the eye. /ˌɪntrəˈɒkjʊlə/ adjective 1. (anatomy) within an eyeball adj. 1826, from intra- + ocular. intraocular in·tra·oc·u·lar (ĭn’trə-ŏk’yə-lər) adj. Within the eyeball.

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