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grammaticalize

[gruh-mat-i-kuh-lahyz] /grəˈmæt ɪ kəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), grammaticalized, grammaticalizing. Linguistics
1.
to convert (a content word or part of one) into a functor, as in using OE līc, “body,” as a suffix in adjectives and adverbs, such as OE frēondlīc, “friendly.”.
2.
to represent (semantic features) by grammatical categories, as plurality in English or gender in French.
Also, especially British, gramaticalise.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; grammatical + -ize
Related forms
grammaticalization, noun
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