frequentative

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

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

noun

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
Related formsun·fre·quen·ta·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for frequentative

frequentative

/ (frɪˈkwɛntətɪv) grammar /

adjective

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

noun

  1. a frequentative verb or affix
  2. the frequentative aspect of verbs
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Word Origin and History for frequentative

frequentative


n.

"verb which expresses repetition of action," 1520s, from French fréquentatif, from Late Latin frequentativus "that which denotes the repetition of an act," from Latin frequentatus, past participle of frequentare "visit regularly."

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