Verbs ending in -ion

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Anonymous:
Are the verbs ending in '-ion' from a French origin?

Is there an online access to the complete list of such verbs?
Anonymous:
For example: fashion
AnonymousAre the verbs ending in '-ion' from a French origin?
Is there an online access to the complete list of such verbs?
Well, the suffix originally comes from Latin. But French developed from Latin, and English could have taken some of these words indirectly, via Old French rather than Latin.

Dictionary entry:

-ion

Origin: < Latin iōn (stem of -iō ) suffix forming nouns, especially on past participle stems; replacing Middle English -ioun < Anglo-French < Latin iōn

The most common derivative in English would be a noun rather than a verb: action, abolition, function (also used as verb), evolution, contagion, absorption, notion, vision (verb- envision) , inflection, etc. The verb forms are of more modern origin, derived from the noun form.

There are thousands of these words. This will show you, in alphabetical order, the first 2000:

http://www.onelook.com/?w=*ion&loc=scworef&scwo=1&sswo=1&ls=a
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Anonymous:
Thanks, AlpheccaStars. The link provides a good start for finding such verbs.

After the completion of the task, the collection of verbs will be posted here.
History of the word fashion

c.1300, "shape, manner, mode," from Old French façon, from Latin. factionem (nom. factio) "group of people acting together," lit. "a making or doing," from facere "to make" (see factitious). Sense of "prevailing custom" is from late 15c.; that of "style of attire" is from 1520s. The verb is first recorded early 15c.

I don't know of any way to filter out the verbs ending in -ion that came via Old French into English.
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Anonymous:
AlpheccaStars I don't know of any way to filter out the verbs ending in -ion that came via Old French into English.
It is done, resulting in the following verbs ending in '-ion':

apportion, auction, audition, caption, caution, champion, commission, condition, cushion, decommission, disillusion, envision, fashion, fraction, function, lotion, mention, motion, notion, occasion, partition, petition, pinion, portion, position, potion, proportion, provision, question, ration, reapportion, refashion, reposition, requisition, rise to the occasion, sanction, section, station, suction, transition, vacation.

Also, the following verbs contain '-ion':

denationalize, institutionalize, ionize, lionize, nationalize, pioneer, rationalize, revolutionize, unionize.

Please let me know if you are aware about other verbs ending in '-ion'.
That's an excellent job, but there are three in the list that I have never seen used as a verb.

lotion

notion

potion
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Anonymous:
Raymond P. Ward from New Orleans consulted OED online in 2004 about 'lotion', 'notion', and 'potion', see his arguments concerning "Words ending in -ion" at <http://raymondpward.typepad.com/rainman2/2004/09/words_ending_in.html>;:

"The verb lotion means to treat with lotions. The noun lotion is based on the Latin word lotio (the act of washing) and the Latin verb lavere (to wash).

Notion too is both a noun and a verb. The verb notion means to divide into several categories or sections, or to conceive, imagine, or envisage. The noun notion comes from the Latin words notio and noscere. (The dictionary doesn't say what noscere means, but I'm sure it's a verb.) The noun notion shares its etymology with the English verbs note and notify.

The verb potion means to treat or dose with potions, or to drug. The noun potion comes from the Latin potio (a drink) and potare (to drink)."
Hi,

I've lived my whole life in English-speaking countries, and I've never encountered those three words used as verbs.

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