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grammaticalize

[gruh-mat-i-kuh-lahyz]
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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.
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Also especially British, gra·mat·i·cal·ise.

Origin of grammaticalize

First recorded in 1935–40; grammatical + -ize
Related formsgram·mat·i·cal·i·za·tion, noun
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