Definition of inchoative in English:

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inchoative

Pronunciation: /inˈkōədiv/

adjective

Grammar
Denoting an aspect of a verb expressing the beginning of an action, typically one occurring of its own accord. In many English verbs, inchoative uses alternate systematically with causative uses. Compare with ergative.
Example sentences
  • A hundred and forty years later, the inchoative generalization of the verb has shown up in the New York Times.
  • However, there are some positively evaluated conditions in common inchoative collocations with go: go live, go platinum, go blonde.

noun

An inchoative verb.
Example sentences
  • Is he saying that our genes have been programmed by evolution to resist inchoatives that involve becoming lost?
  • The fact that some idioms are restricted to causatives, while others are restricted to inchoatives, lends new support to the view that the two derivations are distinct.
  • It is argued however that the Hebrew inchoatives do not create any problems to the LMH.

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Syllabification: in·cho·a·tive

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