com·​ple·​men·​ti·​zer ˈkäm-plə-mən-ˌtī-zər How to pronounce complementizer (audio)
: a function word or morpheme that combines with a clause or verbal phrase to form a subordinate clause

Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of complementizer was in 1965

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Cite this Entry

“Complementizer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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