noun cat·e·na·tive \ˈkatəˌnātiv, ˈkatənˌātiv, -atə-, -ātiv\
variants: or

catenative verb

less commonly

catenative auxiliary

Definition of catenative



  1. :  a verb often followed by a function word (such as to or on) that occupies a position other than final in a succession of two or more verbs together forming the main part of the predicate of a sentence (such as ought in “I ought to go home now” and try and keep in “they tried to keep on working”)

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Origin and Etymology of catenative

1catenate + 2-ive

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a trip made at another's expense

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