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delexical

Line breaks: de|lex¦ic¦al
Pronunciation: /diːˈlɛksɪk(ə)l
 
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Definition of delexical in English:

adjective

Linguistics
(Of a verb) having little or no meaning in its own right, for example take in take a photograph.
Example sentences
  • The article focuses on what prove to be the two most distinctive uses of MAKE, viz., the delexical and causative uses.
  • While delexical verbs are common to both groups, the main differences in patterns are found to be in the nominal phrase.
  • To obtain a correct word translation selection, a new method of translation English delexical structure into Japanese was applied.

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noun
the correct or accepted pronunciation of words