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- v. To use a noun as a verb via anthimeria.
- v. To derive a verb from a pre-existing noun.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make into a verb; to use as a verb; to verbalize.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make into a verb; use as a verb; verbalize.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make into a verb
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I think the term should be “to verbify”.skyywiseQuote
Anyone who can verbify the word nervous is quite awesome.
Just as we can verbify the idea of a quality in such cases as reddens, so we can represent a quality or an action to ourselves as a thing.
The structure is pretty flexible, so it’s easy to verbify and then make verbs adjectives, until a word can morph to fit any particular part of the sentence – and then morph to mean something completely opposite of what it once was.