• IPA: /ˈæ.d͡ʒɪk.tɪv/, /ˈæ.d͡ʒə(k).tɪv/

adjective (plural adjectives)

  1. (grammar) A word that modifies a noun or describes a noun’s referent.
    The words “big” and “heavy” are English adjectives.
  2. (obsolete) A dependent; an accessory.
Synonyms Translations Adjective

adjective (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Incapable of independent function.
    • 1899, John Jay Chapman, Emerson and Other Essays, AMS Press (1969) (as reproduced ↗ in Project Gutenberg)
      In fact, God is of not so much importance in Himself, but as the end towards which man tends. That irreverent person who said that Browning uses “God” as a pigment made an accurate criticism of his theology. In Browning, God is adjective to man.
    Synonyms: dependent, derivative
  2. (grammar) Adjectival; pertaining to or functioning as an adjective.
    Synonyms: adjectival
  3. (legal) Applying to methods of enforcement and rules of procedure.
    • 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 10, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
    Synonyms: procedural
    Antonyms: substantive
  4. (chemistry, of a dye) Needing the use of a mordant to be made fast to that which is being dyed.
    Antonyms: substantive
Translations Verb

adjective (adjectives, present participle adjectiving; past and past participle adjectived)

  1. (transitive) To make an adjective of; to form or convert into an adjective.
    • Language has as much occasion to adjective the distinct signification of the verb, and to adjective also the mood, as it has to adjective time. It has […] adjectived all three.
  2. (transitive, chiefly as a participle) To characterize with an adjective; to describe by using an adjective.

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