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 semantical (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 semantically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of semantic in a Sentence

the process of semantic development
Recent Examples on the Web These differences may be more than semantic, according to the authors of the study, which was published Monday in BMJ. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, "Female researchers are less likely than men to frame their work with positive words, study finds," 16 Dec. 2019 These differences may be more than semantic, according to the authors of the study, which was published Monday in BMJ. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, "Female researchers are less likely than men to frame their work with positive words, study finds," 16 Dec. 2019 Indeed, in some traditions, the sound of the inspired words would always be more important than their semantic meaning. Nicholas Kristof, New York Times, "What Is the Meaning of Sacred Texts?," 11 Nov. 2019 These differences may be more than semantic, according to the authors of the study, which was published Monday in BMJ. BostonGlobe.com, "Are men more impressed with their own scientific research than women? Or are women warned off “overstating” their work?," 19 Dec. 2019 The researchers also propose that TMS could be delivered, in a focused manner, to specific brain regions in order to elicit awareness of particular semantic content in the receiver’s brain. Robert Martone, Scientific American, "Scientists Demonstrate Direct Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans," 29 Oct. 2019 The fear that accompanies dying is nowhere to be found in what is essentially a visual game with semantic meaning and meaninglessness. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "Judy Chicago doesn’t have time for games. The planet is dying, and so are we.," 25 Sep. 2019 Whether such deaths do constitute suicide is a semantic debate. Gene Johnson, Twin Cities, "In the face of death, the party of a lifetime," 1 Sep. 2019 But its second issue was less semantic and more technical. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Here’s what the people who claimed Google’s quantum supremacy have to say about it," 24 Oct. 2019

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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 2020

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“Semantic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/semantic. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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semantic

adjective
How to pronounce semantic (audio)

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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