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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.
(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]
a minimal lexical unit in a language, as a word or idiomatic phrase, esp. an abstract form underlying any inflected forms.
A fundamental meaningful unit of a language.