Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Expressing or designating repeated action.
  • n. A frequentative verb or verb form.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Serving to express repetition of an action.
  • n. Refers to a subclass of imperfective verbs that denote a repeated action, no longer productive in English, but found in e.g. Finnish, Latin, Russian, and Turkish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Serving to express the frequent repetition of an action.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In grammar, serving to express the repetition of an action: as, dictito is a frequentative verb.
  • n. A verb which denotes the frequent occurrence or repetition of an action, as dictito (Latin) from dicto, vāvadīti (Sanskrit) from vadati, waggle from wag.
  • n. Abbreviated freq.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a verb form that serves to express frequent repetition of an action

Etymologies

Latin frequentātīvus, from frequentātus, past participle of frequentāre, to repeat, from frequēns, frequent-, frequent.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin frequentativus, from Latin frequentare ("to do or use often"); see frequent. Surface analysis is frequent +‎ -ative. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "frequentative" of WAG, thus meaning ` to wag frequently '

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IX No 3

  • Spanish ‘jactar’ must come directly from the Latin single frequentative iactare, which also means among other things ‘boast’.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Jactitation:

  • What cerebration accompanied his frequentative act?

    Ulysses

  • Some call it “frequentative,” but they need preventive, not preventative, medicine.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • I agree with you on preventative, but you should know that frequentative is still the standard term in teaching frequentative Latin verbs to Latin students.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • It may be plain that the Fr. _dompter_ (whence _daunt_) is not directly from _domare_, but not so plain, as it seems to us, that it is not directly from the frequentative form domitare.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 34, August, 1860

  • Everything in this verse hinges on the translation of metsach (ch) eq, which we have rendered, "was (always) mocking" -- the "always" to cover the frequentative participle.

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • In this connection, fitting in very well with our interpretation, the frequentative participle indicates a thing that Sarah had observed quite regularly in Ishmael's attitude toward Isaac -- "always mocking."

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • The suffix "- ad -" is used to form words indicating that the action expressed in the root is continuous, habitual or repeated.a. Verbs formed with the suffix "- ad -" are called "frequentative verbs", and may often be translated by the root meaning, preceded by

    A Complete Grammar of Esperanto

  • The Russian verb has commonly a simple and a frequentative future.

    Russia

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