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citation form


Definitions from WordNet

Noun citation form has 1 sense
  1. citation form, main entry word, entry word - the form of a word that heads a lexical entry and is alphabetized in a dictionary
    --1 is a kind of form, word form, signifier, descriptor
    --1 is a part of lexical entry, dictionary entry

Definitions from the Web

Citation Form


The citation form refers to the standardized, neutral, or base form of a word that is commonly used to represent the word in dictionaries and linguistic analysis. It is the word's simplest, least marked form.


Noun: In English, the citation form of the noun "dogs" is simply "dog".

Verb: The citation form of the verb "am" is "be".

Adjective: The citation form of the adjective "better" is "good".

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