lexicalize (Amer.) v. make a word from words that exist; convert a phrase or affix into a lexical item (also lexicalise)

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  • lexicalize — lexicalization, n. /lek si keuh luyz /, v.t., lexicalized, lexicalizing. Ling. 1. to convert (an affix, a phrase, etc.) into a lexical item, as in using the suffix ism as the noun ism. 2. to represent (a set of semantic features) by a lexical… …   Universalium

  • lexicalization — noun a) The act or process of lexicalizing. b) Something lexicalized …   Wiktionary

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