[ gruh-mat-i-kuh-lahyz ]

verb (used with object),gram·mat·i·cal·ized, gram·mat·i·cal·iz·ing.Linguistics.
  1. to convert (a content word or part of one) into a functor, as in using OE līc, “body,” as a suffix in adjectives and adverbs, such as OE frēondlīc, “friendly.”

  2. to represent (semantic features) by grammatical categories, as plurality in English or gender in French.

Origin of grammaticalize

First recorded in 1935–40; grammatical + -ize
  • Also especially British, gra·mat·i·cal·ise .

Other words from grammaticalize

  • gram·mat·i·cal·i·za·tion, noun

Words Nearby grammaticalize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023