Infinitive meaning

ĭn-fĭnĭ-tĭv
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A verb form that functions as a substantive while retaining certain verbal characteristics, such as modification by adverbs, and that in English may be preceded by to, as in To go willingly is to show strength or We want him to work harder, or may also occur without to, as in She had them read the letter or We may finish today.
noun
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(gram.) The form of a verb that expresses existence or action without reference to person, number, or tense and that can function grammatically as a noun, adjective, or adverb: in English, it is usually the form of the first person singular present preceded by the marker to (Ex.: to go, to think) or by another verb form (Ex.: can he speak? make him try)
noun
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(gram.) Of or connected with an infinitive.

An infinitive phrase.

adjective
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The infinitive is a grammar term that refers to a basic verb form that often acts as a noun and is often preceded by the word "to."

"To sing" is an example of an infinitive.

noun
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(grammar) The uninflected form of a verb. In English, this is usually formed with the verb stem preceded by 'to'. e.g. 'to sit'
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(grammar) A verbal noun formed from the infinitive of a verb.
noun
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(grammar) Formed with the infinitive.
adjective
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Unlimited; not bounded or restricted; undefined.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
infinitive
Plural:
infinitives

Origin of infinitive

  • From Middle English infinitif of an infinitive from Old French from Late Latin īnfīnītīvus unlimited, indefinite, infinitive from Latin īnfīnītus infinite infinite

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French infinitif, from Late Latin infinitivus, from Latin infinitus

    From Wiktionary