devocalize

[dee-voh-kuh-lahyz]
verb (used with object), de·vo·cal·ized, de·vo·cal·iz·ing. Phonetics.
  1. devoice.
  2. to convert (a speech sound) from a vowel to a glide.
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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