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infinitive

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle French infinitif, from Late Latin infinitivus (unlimited, indefinite), from Latin infinitus (unlimited, infinite)

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈfɪnɪtɪv/, /ɪnˈfɪnətɪv/

NounEdit

infinitive (plural infinitives)

  1. (grammar) A non-finite verb form considered neutral with respect to inflection; depending on language variously found used with auxilary verbs, in subordinate clauses, or acting as a gerund, and often as the dictionary form.
  2. (grammar) A verbal noun formed from the infinitive of a verb.

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AdjectiveEdit

infinitive (not comparable)

  1. (grammar) Formed with the infinitive.
  2. Unlimited; not bounded or restricted; undefined.
    • Cunningham's Sermons (quoted in 1823, The Edinburgh Christian Instructor, volume 23, page 328)
      [] to search out in some higher region of infinitive space a spot where it was impossible for defilement to follow them []

FrenchEdit

AdjectiveEdit

infinitive

  1. feminine form of infinitif

NounEdit

infinitive f

  1. infinitive clause (=proposition infinitive)

LatinEdit

NounEdit

īnfīnītīve

  1. vocative singular of īnfīnītīvus