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semantic

adjective se·man·tic \si-ˈman-tik\

: of or relating to the meanings of words and phrases

: of or relating to semantics

Full Definition of SEMANTIC

1
:  of or relating to meaning in language
2
:  of or relating to semantics
se·man·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Variants of SEMANTIC

se·man·tic also se·man·ti·cal \-ti-kəl\

Examples of SEMANTIC

  1. the process of semantic development

Origin of SEMANTIC

Greek sēmantikos significant, from sēmainein to signify, mean, from sēma sign, token
First Known Use: 1894

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

Rhymes with SEMANTIC

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