Definition of delexical in US English:

delexical

adjective

Linguistics
  • (of a verb) having little or no meaning in its own right, for example take in take a photograph.

    • ‘While delexical verbs are common to both groups, the main differences in patterns are found to be in the nominal phrase.’
    • ‘The article focuses on what prove to be the two most distinctive uses of MAKE, viz., the delexical and causative uses.’
    • ‘In British English, the verb ‘have’ frequently functions as what is technically referred to as a delexical verb.’
    • ‘To obtain a correct word translation selection, a new method of translation English delexical structure into Japanese was applied.’
    • ‘The strongest differences were at the word and phrase level, particularly in the use of prepositions, delexical verbs and in aspects of word grammar such as agreements and endings’

Pronunciation

delexical

/dēˈleksikəl/