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The fundamental unit of the lexicon of a language. Find, finds, found, and finding are forms of the English lexeme find.

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(Linguistics) linguistics a minimal meaningful unit of language, the meaning of which cannot be understood from that of its component morphemes. Take off (in the senses to mimic, to become airborne, etc) is a lexeme, as well as the independent morphemes take and off
[C20: from lex(icon) + -eme]
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(ˈlɛk sim)

a minimal lexical unit in a language, as a word or idiomatic phrase, esp. an abstract form underlying any inflected forms.
[1935–40; lex (ical) or lex (icon) + -eme]
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A fundamental meaningful unit of a language.
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Noun1.lexeme - a minimal unit (as a word or stem) in the lexicon of a language; `go' and `went' and `gone' and `going' are all members of the English lexeme `go'
language unit, linguistic unit - one of the natural units into which linguistic messages can be analyzed
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[ˈleksiːm] Nlexema m
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The exact number of declensions differ--Viitso and Ernstreits (2012) identify thirteen, whilst Viitso (2012) outlines five--as do the number of sub-types, but the basic pedagogical assumptions remain the same: exemplary paradigms provide models of the types of inflexional variation found in the nominal system; (2) new lexemes are listed in the dictionary (Viitso, Ernstreits 2012) along with their principal parts which permit the language-user to associate vocabulary items with the relevant exemplary paradigms and thus analogically deduce previously-unencountered inflected forms.
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(4) The reduced list of "faith terms" used in this research contains 102 words and lexemes (the full list is contained in Appendix A).
The author argues that the concept abbreviation is represented by lexemes abbreviate (abbreviates), abbreviating, abbreviated, abbreviation in the English language, therefore different lexemes and various lexical semantic variants of lexemes verbalize different conceptual features of the abbreviation concept [Kostina (2015)].
En supposant que ces derniers dependent conditionnellement des premiers, on peut alors, etant donne les lexemes que l'on observe, estimer la probabilite que chaque theme soit present.
Burton engages in an in-depth analysis of the group of semantically related Classical Hebrew lexemes centering around the concept of glory, in order to gain a clearer understanding of the interrelations and differences between the various terms.
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The model also takes the polysemanticism (multiple meaning) of lexemes and syntax structures into account.