relexify

[ ree-lek-suh-fahy ]
/ riˈlɛk səˌfaɪ /

verb (used with object), re·lex·i·fied, re·lex·i·fy·ing. Linguistics.

to replace the vocabulary of (a language, especially a pidgin) with words drawn from another language, without changing the grammatical structure.

Origin of relexify

First recorded in 1960–65; re- + lexi(con) + -fy
Related formsre·lex·i·fi·ca·tion, noun
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