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v. et·y·mol·o·gized, et·y·mol·o·giz·ing, et·y·mol·o·giz·es
To trace and state the etymology of.
To give or suggest the etymology of a word.
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(Linguistics) to trace, state, or suggest the etymology of (a word)
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et•y•mol•o•gize(ˌɛt əˈmɒl əˌdʒaɪz)
v. -gized, -giz•ing. v.t.
1. to trace the history of (a word).v.i.
2. to give the etymology of words.
3. to study etymology.
[1520–30; < Late Latin]
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Past participle: etymologized
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|Verb||1.||etymologize - give the etymology or derivation or suggest an etymology (for a word); "The linguist probably etymologized the words incorrectly"; "Although he is not trained in this, his hobby is etymologizing"|
|2.||etymologize - construct the history of words|
linguistics - the scientific study of language
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