lexicalization

noun
lex·​i·​cal·​i·​za·​tion | \ ˌlek-si-kə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce lexicalization (audio) \

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

Other Words from lexicalization

lexicalize \ ˈlek-​si-​kə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce lexicalize (audio) \ transitive verb

First Known Use of lexicalization

1949, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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