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lenite

[luh-nahyt] /ləˈnaɪt/ Phonetics
verb (used without object), lenited, leniting.
1.
to undergo lenition; be pronounced with weakened articulation, as when the consonant sound p changes to b, b to v, or v to w.
verb (used with object), lenited, leniting.
2.
to cause (a consonant sound) to lenite.
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