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nominalize

[nom-uh-nl-ahyz] /ˈnɒm ə nlˌaɪz/
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
1650-1660
1650-60; nominal + -ize
Related forms
nominalization, adjective
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