devoice

[ dee-vois ]
/ diˈvɔɪs /
Phonetics

verb (used with object), de·voiced, de·voic·ing.

to pronounce (an ordinarily voiced speech sound) without vibration of the vocal cords; make voiceless.

verb (used without object), de·voiced, de·voic·ing.

to devoice a speech sound.

Nearby words

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

Also unvoice.

Origin of devoice

First recorded in 1930–35; de- + voice

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British Dictionary definitions for devoiced

devoice

devocalize or devocalise (diːˈvəʊkəˌlaɪz)

/ (diːˈvɔɪs) /

verb

(tr) phonetics to make (a voiced speech sound) voiceless
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