lexicalization

lexicalize

[lek-si-kuh-lahyz]
verb (used with object), lexicalized, lexicalizing. Linguistics.
1.
to convert (an affix, a phrase, etc.) into a lexical item, as in using the suffix -ism as the noun ism.
2.
to represent (a set of semantic features) by a lexical item.
Also, especially British, lexicalise.


Origin:
1935–40; lexical + -ize

lexicalization, noun
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lexicalize or lexicalise (ˈlɛksɪkəˌlaɪz)
 
vb
linguistics to form (a word or lexeme) or (of a word or lexeme) to be formed from constituent morphemes, words, or lexemes, as to form cannot from can and not
 
lexicalise or lexicalise
 
vb
 
lexicali'zation or lexicalise
 
n
 
lexicali'sation or lexicalise
 
n

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