Serving to express repetition of an action.
2. noun
Refers to a subclass of imperfective verbs that denotes a repeated action. An example in English would be the frequentative verb "to crackle," as opposed to the nonfrequentative "to crack." The frequentative is no longer productive in English, but some languages that have frequentative forms include Finnish, Latin, Russian, and Turkish.

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  • Frequentative — Fre*quent a*tive, a. [L. frequentativus: cf. F. fr[ e]quentatif.] (Gram.) Serving to express the frequent repetition of an action; as, a frequentative verb. n. A frequentative verb. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • frequentative — [frē kwen′tə tiv] adj. [L frequentativus < frequentare, to frequent] Gram. expressing frequent and repeated action n. Gram. a frequentative verb [“sparkle” is a frequentative of “spark”] …   English World dictionary

  • frequentative — verbs express repeated or continuous action and are formed with certain suffixes, in English principally er and le. Examples are chatter, clamber, flicker, flitter, glitter, slumber; crackle, dazzle, paddle, sparkle, wriggle …   Modern English usage

  • frequentative — (n.) verb which expresses repetition of action, 1520s, from Fr. fréquentatif, from L.L. frequentativus that which denotes the repetition of an act, from L. frequentatus, pp. of frequentare visit regularly …   Etymology dictionary

  • Frequentative — In grammar, a frequentative form of a word is one which indicates repeated action. The frequentative form can be considered a separate, but not completely independent word, called a frequentative. English frequentative is no longer productive,… …   Wikipedia

  • frequentative — /fri kwen teuh tiv/, Gram. adj. 1. noting or pertaining to a verb aspect expressing repetition of an action. n. 2. the frequentative aspect. 3. a verb in the frequentative aspect, as wrestle from wrest. [1520 30; < L frequentativus denoting… …   Universalium

  • fréquentative — ● fréquentatif, fréquentative adjectif (bas latin frequentativus) fréquentatif nom masculin (bas latin frequentativus) Se dit d une forme verbale, pourvue d un affixe ou constituée grâce à un auxiliaire, qui indique la répétition de l action… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • frequentative — /frəˈkwɛntətɪv/ (say fruh kwentuhtiv) adjective 1. (of a derived verb, or of an aspect of verb inflection) expressing repetition of the action denoted by the underlying verb. –noun 2. a frequentative or iterative verb. 3. the frequentative or… …  

  • frequentative — adjective Date: 1533 denoting repeated or recurrent action or state used of a verb aspect, verb form, or meaning • frequentative noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • frequentative — fre•quen•ta•tive [[t]frɪˈkwɛn tə tɪv[/t]] adj. 1) gram. (of a verb or verb form) expressing repetition of an action 2) gram. a frequentative verb or form • Etymology: 1520–30; < L …   From formal English to slang

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