- to change into or pronounce with the accompaniment of a sibilant sound or sounds.
Origin of assibilate
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- (intr) (of a speech sound) to be changed into a sibilant
- (tr) to pronounce (a speech sound) with or as a sibilant
Word Origin for assibilate
C19: from Late Latin assībilāre to hiss at, from sībilāre to hiss; see sibilant
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