Definition of “polysemous” - English Dictionary

“polysemous” in British English

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uk /pəˈlɪs.ɪ.məs/ us /ˌpɑːl.ɪˈsiː.məs/ also polysemic, /pəˈlɪs.ɪ.mɪk/ /ˌpɑːl.ɪˈsiː-/ specialized

A polysemous word has more than one meaning:

a highly polysemous word such as "play"
The term "right" is polysemic and ambiguous.
noun [ U ] uk /pəˈlɪs.ɪ.mi/ us /ˈpɑː.lɪ.siː.mi/

the fact of having more than one meaning

(Definition of “polysemous” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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