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etymologize

[et-uh-mol-uh-jahyz] /ˌɛt əˈmɒl əˌdʒaɪz/
verb (used with object), etymologized, etymologizing.
1.
to trace the history of (a word).
verb (used without object), etymologized, etymologizing.
2.
to study etymology.
3.
to give or suggest the etymology of words.
Also, especially British, etymologise.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Late Latin etymologizāre. See etymology, -ize
Related forms
etymologizable, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for etymologize

etymologize

/ˌɛtɪˈmɒləˌdʒaɪz/
verb
1.
to trace, state, or suggest the etymology of (a word)
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Word Origin and History for etymologize
v.

1530s; see etymology + -ize. Related: Etymologized; etymologizing.

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