Definition of inchoative in English:


Line breaks: in¦cho|ative
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈkəʊətɪv


  • Denoting an aspect of a verb expressing the beginning of an action, typically one occurring of its own accord. Compare with ergative.
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    • 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.


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  • An inchoative verb.
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    • 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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