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

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 judges on the appeals panel, however, seemed skeptical of Tully’s semantic claims. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 3 May 2022 In the same way Google scours the internet to give users the best possible answer, technologies like natural language understanding (NLU) and semantic search can do the same with enterprise resources. Sophia Xepoleas, Forbes, 3 May 2022 As Russia carries out its brutal invasion of Ukraine, Sorokin sees the conflict not just as a military onslaught, but as a semantic war being waged through propaganda and lies — an assault on truth that writers must combat. New York Times, 17 Apr. 2022 Whatever its provenance, the semantic entanglement with fire has taken on a self-fulfilling air, a quirk of history that provides an expressive frame for the island’s reputation as a paradise that is also an inferno. Jack Parlett, The New Yorker, 15 Apr. 2022 The trouble is that no individual can simply override social and semantic norms and decide what the utterance of a word will signify. New York Times, 5 Apr. 2022 Indexicals are often a source of semantic ambiguity. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Apr. 2022 Twelve Labs fuses cutting-edge NLP and computer vision to enable precise semantic search within videos. Rob Toews, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2022 In each of their black-and-white videos, usually about ten minutes long, a handful of characters, most of them acted by Mary, tell a story in rhyming verse full of off-kilter wordplay, double entendres, and semantic switcheroos. Elvia Wilk, The New York Review of Books, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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semantic conception

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8 May 2022

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“Semantic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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