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English verb: etymologise

1. etymologise (communication) give the etymology or derivation or suggest an etymology (for a word)

SamplesThe linguist probably etymologized the words incorrectly.
Although he is not trained in this, his hobby is etymologizing.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)derive, educe

2. etymologise (cognition) construct the history of words


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)construct, reconstruct, retrace

Domain categorylinguistics

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