polysemy

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polyseme +‎ -y

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(UK) IPA(key): /ˈpɒ.lɪ.siː.mi/, /pə.ˈlɪ.sɪ.mi/

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polysemy ‎(usually uncountable, plural polysemies)

  1. (semantics) The ability of words, signs and symbols to have multiple meanings.
    [...] polysemy, which is the greedy habit some words have of taking more than one meaning for themselves. Erin McKean, speech at TED.

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