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.

Nearby words

  1. relenza,
  2. relevance,
  3. relevant,
  4. releve,
  5. relevé,
  6. reliability,
  7. reliable,
  8. reliance,
  9. reliant,
  10. reliantly

Origin of relexify

First recorded in 1960–65; re- + lexi(con) + -fy

Related formsre·lex·i·fi·ca·tion, noun

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