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