Meaning of grammaticalize
Pronunciation: (gru-mat'i-ku-līz"), [key]
— -ized, -iz•ing.
- to convert (a content word or part of one) into a functor, as in using OE līc, "body,' as a suffix in adjectives and adverbs, such as OE frēondlīc, "friendly.'
- to represent (semantic features) by grammatical categories, as plurality in English or gender in French.