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Expressing or designating repeated action.
A frequentative verb or verb form.
[Latin frequentātīvus, from frequentātus, past participle of frequentāre, to repeat, from frequēns, frequent-, frequent.]
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1. (Grammar) denoting an aspect of verbs in some languages used to express repeated or habitual action
2. (Grammar) (in English) denoting a verb or an affix having meaning that involves repeated or habitual action, such as the verb wrestle, from wrest
a. a frequentative verb or affix
b. the frequentative aspect of verbs
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fre•quen•ta•tive(frɪˈkwɛn tə tɪv)
1. (of a verb or verb form) expressing repetition of an action.n.
2. a frequentative verb or form.
[1520–30; < Latin]
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Used to describe verbs that express an action that is repeated.
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