[ nom-uh-nl-ahyz ]
/ ˈnɒm ə nlˌaɪz /
verb (used with object), nom·i·nal·ized, nom·i·nal·iz·ing.
to convert (another part of speech) into a noun, as in changing the adjective lowly into the lowly or the verb legalize into legalization.
to convert (an underlying clause) into a noun phrase, as in changing he drinks to his drinking in I am worried about his drinking.
What Are Infinitives?An infinitive is the most basic form of a verb. You’ll usually see it with the word to, as in to eat or to think. An infinitive phrase is an infinitive plus complements and modifiers. To eat vegetables daily and to think about a solution are infinitive phrases. While infinitives themselves are verbs, infinitive phrases can be used as nouns, adjectives, or adverbs. Adverbial Infinitives …
Also especially British, nom·i·nal·ise.
Related formsnom·i·nal·i·za·tion, adjective
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