[ fri-kwen-tuh-tiv ]
/ frɪˈkwɛn tə tɪv /


noting or pertaining to a verb aspect expressing repetition of an action.


the frequentative aspect.
a verb in the frequentative aspect, as wrestle from wrest.

Origin of frequentative

First recorded in 1520–30, frequentative is from the Latin word frequentātīvus denoting repetition of an act. See frequent, -ate1, -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM frequentative

un·fre·quen·ta·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for frequentative

/ (frɪˈkwɛntətɪv) grammar /


denoting an aspect of verbs in some languages used to express repeated or habitual action
(in English) denoting a verb or an affix having meaning that involves repeated or habitual action, such as the verb wrestle, from wrest


  1. a frequentative verb or affix
  2. the frequentative aspect of verbs
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