Meaning of grammaticalize


Pronunciation: (gru-mat'i-ku-līz"), [key]
— -ized, -iz•ing.
  1. to convert (a content word or part of one) into a functor, as in using OE līc, "body,' as a suffix in adjectives and adverbs, such as OE frēondlīc, "friendly.'
  2. to represent (semantic features) by grammatical categories, as plurality in English or gender in French.
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