(Of a verb or verbal form) expressing frequent repetition or intensity of action.
More example sentences
- Both come from Latin ‘apto’, the frequentative form of ‘apo’, meaning ‘to fit, adapt, accommodate, apply, put on, adjust, etc.’
- The prefix 'en' gives a frequentative aspect to the verb following it: the action repeats slowly.
- One forms or recognizes a frequentative verb by adding an ‘o’ to the fourth principal part.
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mid 16th century: from French fréquentatif, -ive or Latin frequentativus, from frequens, frequent- 'crowded, frequent'.
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