lexicalization

noun lex·i·cal·i·za·tion \ ˌlek-si-kə-lə-ˈzā-shən \

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

lexicalize

play \ˈlek-si-kə-ˌlīz\ transitive verb

First Known Use of lexicalization

1949


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