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Meaning of nominalize

nom•i•nal•ize

Pronunciation: (nom'u-nl-īz"), [key]
— -ized, -iz•ing.
  1. to convert (another part of speech) into a noun, as in changing the adjective lowly into the lowly or the verb legalize into legalization.
  2. to convert (an underlying clause) into a noun phrase, as in changing he drinks to his drinking in I am worried about his drinking.
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