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adjective

Line breaks: ad|jec¦tive
Pronunciation: /ˈadʒɪktɪv
 
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Definition of adjective in English:

noun

Grammar
A word naming an attribute of a noun, such as sweet, red, or technical.
Example sentences
  • An important reason for this is that most nouns and most adjectives have rather complex semantic structures.
  • Use verbs, nouns and adjectives and get a copy of Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases.
  • In Swinburne's work as a whole many adjectives are used as nouns and many nouns as adjectives.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French adjectif, -ive, from Latin adject- 'added', from the verb adicere, from ad- 'towards' + jacere 'throw'. The term was originally used in the phrase noun adjective, translating Latin nomen adjectivum, a translation of Greek onoma epitheton 'attributive name'.

Derivatives

adjectival

1
Pronunciation: /adʒɪkˈtʌɪv(ə)l/
adjective
Example sentences
  • ‘High and Latin’ is a coordination of an adjectival modifier with a proper-noun modifier, and sounds just as weird.
  • Moreoever the rest of the lines explain and expand these references by using adjectival phrases and subordinate clauses which tell the reader to look for explanation within the poem itself.
  • The other parts are adverbial or adjectival clauses.

adjectivally

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Pronunciation: /adʒɪkˈtʌɪv(ə)li/
adverb
Example sentences
  • It is the past participle, used adjectivally, of the verb striegeln.
  • It has never been obvious to me that that means corporations formed before 1901, and that is said to be a past participle, used adjectivally.
  • But in the Pledge, the phrase is used adjectivally, to modify nation.

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