Definition of lexicalization
1 : the realization of a meaning in a single word or morpheme rather than in a grammatical construction
2 : the treatment of a formerly freely composed, grammatically regular, and semantically transparent phrase or inflected form as a formally or semantically idiomatic expression
lexicalizeplay \ˈlek-si-kə-ˌlīz\ transitive verb
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