Definition of lexical in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɛksɪk(ə)l/


1Relating to the words or vocabulary of a language: lexical analysis
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  • Further it is hypothesized that there are different formulators for each language, while there is one lexicon where lexical elements from different languages are stored together.
  • In terms of lexical category ambiguity, languages do differ in the extent to which their word-forms are specialized for syntactic function.
  • Nevertheless, there is an inverse correlation between the lexical expansion of a language and the iconicity of its grammar.
1.1Relating to or of the nature of a lexicon or dictionary: a lexical entry
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  • WordNet is a big lexical dictionary heavily used by this community for creation of natural language systems.
  • Rather, inadequate phonological information is available for a greater proportion of such children's lexical entries.
  • The phonological output lexicon stores pronunciations corresponding to all the spoken words known to the reader, also in the form of lexical entries.



Pronunciation: /ˈlɛksɪk(ə)lʌɪz/
(also lexicalise) verb
Example sentences
  • While verb-concepts exhibit a limited taxonomic depth, prepositional concepts, at least as these are lexicalized in English, tend to be organized in a ‘flat’ structure.
  • The second experiment is an attempt to gain deeper insight into the mechanisms that underlie lexicalized regular polysemy.
  • ‘Child of my parents’ is a phrase, and we don't often use it, because the relationship ‘Child of my parents’ has been lexicalised into ‘Brother’, ‘Sister’ etc.


Example sentences
  • I get the feeling that Harry must be lexically challenged, because ‘insulting’ cannot have been the word he was looking for.
  • The script itself could almost read as a short story, and lexically, Walsh hasn't shied an inch.
  • Morphologically and lexically Louisiana Creole resembles Saint-Domingue Creole, although there is evidence that Louisiana Creole was well established by the time Saint-Domingue refugees arrived in Louisiana.


Mid 19th century: from Greek lexikos 'of words' (from lexis 'word') + -al.

Words that rhyme with lexical


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