verb (used with object), lex·i·cal·ized, lex·i·cal·iz·ing. Linguistics.
Also especially British, lex·i·cal·ise.
Origin of lexicalize
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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
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