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Semantic Broadening

  • Definition: Meaning shift in which a word can be used to refer to a more general class of items than previously. For example, in American English "holiday" has been broadened to refer to all days off from work rather than just "holy days," or days of religious significance.

    Source: American English, second edition by Walt Wolfram and Natalie Schilling-Estes

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