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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 in·tran·si·tive /(ˌ)ɪnˈtræn(t)sətɪv, ˈtrænzə; ˈtræn(t)stɪv/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·tran·si·tive a.
 1. Not passing farther; kept; detained. [R.]
    And then it is for the image's sake and so far is intransitive; but whatever is paid more to the image is transitive and passes further.   --Jer. Taylor.
 2. 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; as, an intransitive verb, e. g., the bird flies; the dog runs.
 Note:Intransitive verbs have no passive form. Some verbs which appear at first sight to be intransitive are in reality, or were originally, transitive verbs with a reflexive or other object omitted; as, he keeps (i. e., himself) aloof from danger. Intransitive verbs may take a noun of kindred signification for a cognate object; as, he died the death of a hero; he dreamed a dream. Some intransitive verbs, by the addition of a preposition, become transitive, and so admit of a passive voice; as, the man laughed at; he was laughed at by the man.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : designating a verb that does not require or cannot take a
            direct object [ant: transitive]