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grammaticalize

or (especially British) gramaticalise

[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.
Origin of grammaticalize
1935-1940
1935-40; grammatical + -ize
Related forms
grammaticalization, noun
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