Pronunciation: (et"u-mol'u-jīz"), [key]
—v., -gized, -giz•ing.
to trace the history of (a word).
1. to study etymology.
2. to give or suggest the etymology of words. Also, esp. Brit.,et"y•mol'o•gise".
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