functional shift
noun Date: 1942 the process by which a word or form comes to be used in another grammatical function

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Functional shift — In linguistics, functional shift occurs when an existing word takes on a new syntactic function. For example, the word like , formerly only used as a preposition in comparisons (as in eats like a pig ), is now also used in the same way as the… …   Wikipedia

  • functional shift — a change in the grammatical function of a word, as in the use of the noun input as a verb or the noun fun as an adjective. Also called functional change. [1940 45] * * * …   Universalium

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  • functional shift — noun or functional change : the process by which a word or form comes to be used in a second or third grammatical function (as a noun used in a verb function) compare class cleavage …   Useful english dictionary

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  • shift — shiftingly, adv. shiftingness, n. /shift/, v.t. 1. to put (something) aside and replace it by another or others; change or exchange: to shift friends; to shift ideas. 2. to transfer from one place, position, person, etc., to another: to shift the …   Universalium

  • functional change. — See functional shift. * * * …   Universalium

  • functional change — noun see functional shift …   Useful english dictionary

  • functional change. — See functional shift …   Useful english dictionary

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