Pronunciation: (lek'si-ku-līz"), [key]
—v.t., -ized, -iz•ing. Ling.
1. to convert (an affix, a phrase, etc.) into a lexical item, as in using the suffix -ism as the noun ism.
2. to represent (a set of semantic features) by a lexical item. Also, esp. Brit.,lex'i•cal•ise".
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