semantic

adjective
se·​man·​tic | \ si-ˈman-tik How to pronounce semantic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly semantical \ si-​ˈman-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce semantic (audio) \

Definition of semantic

1 : of or relating to meaning in language
2 : of or relating to semantics

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Other Words from semantic

semantically \ si-​ˈman-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce semantic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of semantic in a Sentence

the process of semantic development
Recent Examples on the Web The case hung on the semantic question of whether a langostino could legally be considered a lobster. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "If Subway's tuna isn't tuna, what is it? Bay Area lawsuit won't say," 28 Jan. 2021 This kind of semantic parsing also allows the software to identify and interact with individual elements of web pages—like images and text fields—for easier navigation around the web. Stan Horaczek, Popular Science, "The best gadgets of 2020," 2 Dec. 2020 These distinctions are more than just semantic: Too many narratives of white nationalism incorrectly depict its actors as exclusively low-class and uneducated. C. Brandon Ogbunu, Wired, "White Nationalism Is Far Worse Than a 'Disease'," 26 Jan. 2021 This kind of semantic parsing also allows the software to identify and interact with individual elements of web pages—like images and text fields—for easier navigation around the web. Stan Horaczek, Popular Science, "The best gadgets of 2020," 2 Dec. 2020 This kind of semantic parsing also allows the software to identify and interact with individual elements of web pages—like images and text fields—for easier navigation around the web. Stan Horaczek, Popular Science, "The best gadgets of 2020," 2 Dec. 2020 This kind of semantic parsing also allows the software to identify and interact with individual elements of web pages—like images and text fields—for easier navigation around the web. Stan Horaczek, Popular Science, "The best gadgets of 2020," 2 Dec. 2020 But these semantic constructions are part of a long tradition of social media users pushing back against platform limitations. New York Times, "Tone Is Hard to Grasp Online. Can Tone Indicators Help?," 9 Dec. 2020 This kind of semantic parsing also allows the software to identify and interact with individual elements of web pages—like images and text fields—for easier navigation around the web. Stan Horaczek, Popular Science, "The best gadgets of 2020," 2 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of semantic

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for semantic

Greek sēmantikos significant, from sēmainein to signify, mean, from sēma sign, token

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The first known use of semantic was in 1890

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13 Feb 2021

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“Semantic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/semantic. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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semantic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of semantic

linguistics
: of or relating to the meanings of words and phrases
: of or relating to semantics

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