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nounify (third-person singular simple present nounifies, present participle nounifying, simple past and past participle nounified)

  1. (rare) To turn into a noun.
    • 1997, Woody Leonhard, Lee Hudspeth, Timothy-James Lee, Excel 97 Annoyances:
      In modern parlance, the difference between nouns, adjectives, and verbs has blurred somewhat: nouns take on the appearance of adjectives, verbs become nounified, and so on.
    • 1998, Justice quarterly, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
      [...] Authors have a maddening tendency to nounify verbs and to privilege verbified nouns in their languaged discourse; they have proclivity toward vocabularistically challenged prose [...]
    • 2004, William Safire, The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time:
      The Pentagon has now nounified it [the word push back].