functional shift


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.

Nearby words

  1. functional neurosurgery,
  2. functional occlusion,
  3. functional representation,
  4. functional residual capacity,
  5. functional sentence perspective,
  6. functional splint,
  7. functional water,
  8. functionalism,
  9. functionalist,
  10. functionality

Origin of functional shift

First recorded in 1940–45

Also called functional change. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019