nominalize

[nom-uh-nl-ahyz]
verb (used with object), nominalized, nominalizing.
1.
to convert (another part of speech) into a noun, as in changing the adjective lowly into the lowly or the verb legalize into legalization.
2.
to convert (an underlying clause) into a noun phrase, as in changing he drinks to his drinking in I am worried about his drinking.
Also, especially British, nominalise.


Origin:
1650–60; nominal + -ize

nominalization, adjective
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Some verbs and adjectives have synonymous nouns derived from them by the process of nominalization.
It's also awkward because the verb provide is too closely paired with the nominalization protection.
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