nominalize

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. nominal scale,
  2. nominal sentence,
  3. nominal value,
  4. nominal wages,
  5. nominalism,
  6. nominally,
  7. nominate,
  8. nomination,
  9. nominative,
  10. nominative absolute

Also especially British, nom·i·nal·ise.

Origin of nominalize

First recorded in 1650–60; nominal + -ize

Related formsnom·i·nal·i·za·tion, adjective

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