devocalize

[ dee-voh-kuh-lahyz ]
/ diˈvoʊ kəˌlaɪz /

verb (used with object), de·vo·cal·ized, de·vo·cal·iz·ing. Phonetics.

to convert (a speech sound) from a vowel to a glide.

Nearby words

  1. devitalize,
  2. devitalized,
  3. devitalized pulp,
  4. devitrify,
  5. devizes,
  6. devoice,
  7. devoid,
  8. devoir,
  9. devoirs,
  10. devolatilize

Also especially British, de·vo·cal·ise.

Origin of devocalize

First recorded in 1875–80; de- + vocalize

Related formsde·vo·cal·i·za·tion, noun

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