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content word

a word, typically a noun, verb, adjective, or adverb, that carries semantic content, bearing reference to the world independently of its use within a particular sentence (distinguished from function word).
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First recorded in 1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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content word

a word to which an independent meaning can be given by reference to a world outside any sentence in which the word may occur Compare function word, lexical meaning
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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