Meaning of lexicalize

lex•i•cal•ize

Pronunciation: (lek'si-ku-līz"), [key]
— -ized, -iz•ing.
  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 item.
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