[nom-uh-nl-ahyz] /ˈnɒm ə nlˌaɪz/

verb (used with object), nominalized, nominalizing.
to convert (another part of speech) into a noun, as in changing the adjective lowly into the lowly or the verb legalize into legalization.
to convert (an underlying clause) into a noun phrase, as in changing he drinks to his drinking in I am worried about his drinking.


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