lexical verbs

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Hi forum!!!

Would you please explain me what the term "lexical verbs" means? See this paragraph:

Forms of the verb TO BE can act as auxiliary verbs for transitive, intransitive and linking verbs. The auxiliary verb is not linking but rather helping the main verb. Examples:

Juvenile crime has been plummeting since 1995.
auxiliary verb to the lexical verb plummeting (intransitive verb).

Nyoke was crossing a bridge when the earthquake hit.
auxiliary verb to the lexical verb crossing (transitive verb).

Thanks a lot in advance for your help,
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