Frequentative Fre*quent"a*tive, a. [L. frequentativus: cf. F. fr['e]quentatif.] (Gram.) Serving to express the frequent repetition of an action; as, a frequentative verb. -- n. A frequentative verb. [1913 Webster]

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  • frequentative — [frē kwen′tə tiv] adj. [L frequentativus < frequentare, to frequent] Gram. expressing frequent and repeated action n. Gram. a frequentative verb [“sparkle” is a frequentative of “spark”] …   English World dictionary

  • frequentative — verbs express repeated or continuous action and are formed with certain suffixes, in English principally er and le. Examples are chatter, clamber, flicker, flitter, glitter, slumber; crackle, dazzle, paddle, sparkle, wriggle …   Modern English usage

  • frequentative — (n.) verb which expresses repetition of action, 1520s, from Fr. fréquentatif, from L.L. frequentativus that which denotes the repetition of an act, from L. frequentatus, pp. of frequentare visit regularly …   Etymology dictionary

  • Frequentative — In grammar, a frequentative form of a word is one which indicates repeated action. The frequentative form can be considered a separate, but not completely independent word, called a frequentative. English frequentative is no longer productive,… …   Wikipedia

  • frequentative — 1. adjective Serving to express repetition of an action. 2. noun Refers to a subclass of imperfective verbs that denotes a repeated action. An example in English would be the frequentative verb to crackle, as opposed to the nonfrequentative to… …   Wiktionary

  • frequentative — /fri kwen teuh tiv/, Gram. adj. 1. noting or pertaining to a verb aspect expressing repetition of an action. n. 2. the frequentative aspect. 3. a verb in the frequentative aspect, as wrestle from wrest. [1520 30; < L frequentativus denoting… …   Universalium

  • fréquentative — ● fréquentatif, fréquentative adjectif (bas latin frequentativus) fréquentatif nom masculin (bas latin frequentativus) Se dit d une forme verbale, pourvue d un affixe ou constituée grâce à un auxiliaire, qui indique la répétition de l action… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • frequentative — /frəˈkwɛntətɪv/ (say fruh kwentuhtiv) adjective 1. (of a derived verb, or of an aspect of verb inflection) expressing repetition of the action denoted by the underlying verb. –noun 2. a frequentative or iterative verb. 3. the frequentative or… …   Australian English dictionary

  • frequentative — adjective Date: 1533 denoting repeated or recurrent action or state used of a verb aspect, verb form, or meaning • frequentative noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • frequentative — fre•quen•ta•tive [[t]frɪˈkwɛn tə tɪv[/t]] adj. 1) gram. (of a verb or verb form) expressing repetition of an action 2) gram. a frequentative verb or form • Etymology: 1520–30; < L …   From formal English to slang

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