- 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.”
- to represent (semantic features) by grammatical categories, as plurality in English or gender in French.
Also especially British, gra·mat·i·cal·ise.
Origin of grammaticalize
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