function shift

function change

noun

grammar a change in the syntactic function of a word, as when the noun mushroom is used as an intransitive verb
linguistics sound change involving a realignment of the phonemic system of a language

Nearby words

  1. funchal,
  2. functio laesa,
  3. function,
  4. function creep,
  5. function key,
  6. function space,
  7. function word,
  8. functionable,
  9. functional,
  10. functional

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