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lexicalize

[ lek-si-kuh-lahyz ]
/ 藞l蓻k s瑟 k蓹藢la瑟z /
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verb (used with object), lex路i路cal路ized, lex路i路cal路iz路ing.Linguistics.
to convert (an affix, a phrase, etc.) into a lexical item, as in using the suffix -ism as the noun ism.
to represent (a set of semantic features) by a lexical item.
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Also especially British, lex路i路cal路ise .

Origin of lexicalize

First recorded in 1935鈥40; lexical + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM lexicalize

lex路i路cal路i路za路tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for lexicalize

lexicalize

lexicalise

/ (藞l蓻ks瑟k蓹藢la瑟z) /

verb
linguistics to form (a word or lexeme) or (of a word or lexeme) to be formed from constituent morphemes, words, or lexemes, as to form cannot from can and not

Derived forms of lexicalize

lexicalization or lexicalisation, noun
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