WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
nom•i•nal•ize (nom′ə nl īz′),USA pronunciation v.t., -ized, -iz•ing.
- Grammarto convert (another part of speech) into a noun, as in changing the adjective lowly into the lowly or the verb legalize into legalization.
- Linguistics, Grammarto convert (an underlying clause) into a noun phrase, as in changing he drinks to his drinking in I am worried about his drinking.
- nominal + -ize 1650–60
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