polysemous
or polysemic adjective Etymology: Late Latin polysemus, from Greek polysēmos, from poly- + sēma sign Date: 1884 having multiple meanings • polysemy noun

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  • polysemous — pol·y·se·mous (pŏl ē sēʹməs) adj. Having or characterized by many meanings: highly polysemous words such as play and table.   [From Late Latin polysēmus, from Greek polusēmos: polu , poly + sēma, sign.]   polʹy·se my (pŏlʹē sē mē, pə lĭsʹə ) n …   Universalium

  • polysemous — po|lys|e|mous [pəˈlısıməs, ˌpɔlıˈsi:məs US ˌpa:liˈsi:məs] adj technical [Date: 1900 2000; : Late Latin; Origin: polysemus, from Greek, from sema sign ] a polysemous word has two or more different meanings >polysemy [pəˈlısımi, ˈpɔlısi:mi US… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • polysemous — pol|y|se|mous [ pə lısıməs, ,pali siməs ] adjective LINGUISTICS a polysemous word has more than one meaning ╾ pol|y|semy noun uncount …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • polysemous — adjective technical a polysemous word has two or more different meanings polysemy noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • polysemous — UK [pəˈlɪsɪməs] / US / UK [ˌpɒlɪˈsiːməs] / US [ˌpɑlɪˈsɪməs] adjective linguistics a polysemous word has more than one meaning Derived word: polysemy UK [pəˈlɪsɪmɪ] / US / UK [ˈpɒlɪˌsiːmɪ] noun uncountable …   English dictionary

  • polysemous — adjective /pəˈlɪs.ɪ.məs,ˌpɒl.ɪˈsiː.məs,ˌpɑːl.iˈsiː.məs,pəˈlɪs.ə.məs/ Having multiple meanings or interpretations. Syn: polysemantic, polysemic Ant: monosemous See Also: polysemy …   Wiktionary

  • polysemous — adj. having many meanings (of words) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • polysemous — po·ly·se·mous …   English syllables

  • polysemous — adjective of words; having many meanings • Syn: ↑polysemantic • Similar to: ↑ambiguous • Derivationally related forms: ↑polysemy …   Useful english dictionary

  • polysemous word — noun a word having more than one meaning • Syn: ↑polysemant, ↑polysemantic word • Hypernyms: ↑word …   Useful english dictionary

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