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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 property of a word, sign or symbol that can represent multiple similar meanings.
    • 2011, Brigitte Nerlich, Polysemy: Flexible Patterns of Meaning in Mind and Language, page 3:
      Fifty years ago the linguist and semanticist Stephen Ullmann wrote that polysemy, the fact that some words have a network of multiple but related meanings, is "the pivot of semantic analysis" (Ullmann 1957 [1951]: 117).

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