lexicalize

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈleksɪkəlaɪz/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(leksi kə līz′)


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
lex•i•cal•ize  (leksi kə līz′),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -ized, -iz•ing. [Ling.]
  1. Linguisticsto convert (an affix, a phrase, etc.) into a lexical item, as in using the suffix -ism as the noun ism.
  2. Linguisticsto represent (a set of semantic features) by a lexical item.
Also,[esp. Brit.,] lexi•cal•ise′.  lex′i•cal•i•zation, n. 
  • lexical + -ize 1935–40

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