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Verb: etymologize  ,e-ti'mó-lu,jIz
  1. Give the etymology, derivation or suggest an etymology (for a word)
    "The linguist probably etymologized the words incorrectly"; "Although he is not trained in this, his hobby is etymologizing";
    - etymologise [Brit]
  2. (linguistics) construct the history of words
    - etymologise [Brit]

Derived forms: etymologized, etymologizing, etymologizes

Type of: construct, derive, educe, reconstruct, retrace