lexicalize (lexicalizes, present participle lexicalizing; past and past participle lexicalized)

  1. (transitive) To convert to a single lexical unit, as a group of words with meaning beyond their parts.
    • 1975, Eric H. Lenneberg, Elizabeth Lenneberg, Foundations of Language Development: A Multidisciplinary Approach, volume 1, page 192
      In fact, the child will lexicalize one, two, or three elements of the semantic representation according to his lexicalization span.
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