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lexicalize

[lek-si-kuh-lahyz] /ˈlɛk sɪ kəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), lexicalized, lexicalizing. Linguistics.
1.
to convert (an affix, a phrase, etc.) into a lexical item, as in using the suffix -ism as the noun ism.
2.
to represent (a set of semantic features) by a lexical item.
Also, especially British, lexicalise.
Origin of lexicalize
1935-1940
First recorded in 1935-40; lexical + -ize
Related forms
lexicalization, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for lexicalize

lexicalize

/ˈlɛksɪkəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
(linguistics) to form (a word or lexeme) or (of a word or lexeme) to be formed from constituent morphemes, words, or lexemes, as to form cannot from can and not
Derived Forms
lexicalization, lexicalisation, noun
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