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[si-lab-uh-fahy] /sɪˈlæb əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), syllabified, syllabifying.
to form or divide into syllables.
Origin of syllabify
From the New Latin word syllabificāre, dating back to 1860-65. See syllable, -ify
Related forms
syllabification, noun
missyllabification, noun
missyllabify, verb (used with object), missyllabified, missyllabifying.
unsyllabified, adjective Unabridged
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  • What he said was unintelligible, but words were uttered; the syllabification was distinct.

  • His attention is called to syllabification as well as to diacritical marks.

    How to Teach Phonics Lida M. Williams
  • As such they are the carriers of practically all significant differences in stress, pitch, and syllabification.

    Language Edward Sapir
  • Madmen are of some nation, and their language, however incoherent in its words, has always the coherence of syllabification.

British Dictionary definitions for syllabification


verb -fies, -fying, -fied, -cates, -cating, -cated
(transitive) to divide (a word) into its constituent syllables
Derived Forms
syllabification, syllabication, noun
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