Definition of passivize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpasəˌvīz/


[with object] Grammar
Convert (a verb or clause) into the passive form: a sentence that has been passivized
More example sentences
  • When the verb is passivised as in (2), two different kinds of passives are observed.
  • We said above that verbs taking an object can be passivised.



Pronunciation: /-əbəl/
Example sentences
  • Both of these two constructions are straightforwardly passivisable.
  • This explains why full prepositional phrases are not passivisable, the only possibility being preposition stranding,


Pronunciation: /ˌpasəvəˈzāSHən/
Example sentences
  • Marcus demonstrates these claims by successfully applying the parser to examples of passivization and raising.
  • (2.77) is an instance of object control and it allows passivization.

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Syllabification: pas·siv·ize

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