noun
Pronunciation
  • (British, America) IPA: /naʊn/
  • (Southern American English) IPA: /næːn/
Noun

noun (plural nouns)

  1. (grammar, narrow sense) A word that can be used to refer to a person, animal, place, thing, phenomenon, substance, quality, or idea; one of the basic parts of speech in many languages, including English.
  2. (grammar, now rare, broad sense) Either a word that can be used to refer to a person, animal, place, thing, phenomenon, substance, quality or idea, or a word that modifies or describes a previous word or its referent; a substantive or adjective, sometimes also including other parts of speech such as numeral or pronoun.
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noun (nouns, present participle nouning; past and past participle nouned)

  1. (transitive) To convert a word to a noun.
    • 1974, The Modern Schoolman ↗, page 144:
      What is not clear is how the nouning of verbs supports Simon's assumed correspondence between mechanical designing and intentional human responses. Is it the very nouning of verbs which indicates that the above correspondence exists?



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