a change in the grammatical function of a word, as in the use of the noun input as a verb or the noun fun as an adjective.
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This tall, horizontally branched cactus is probably the most recognizable cactus in Arizona. What is it called?
Also called functional change.
Origin of functional shift
First recorded in 1940–45
Words nearby functional shift
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