diphthongize

[ dif-thawng-ahyz, -gahyz, -thong-, dip- ]
/ ˈdɪf θɔŋˌaɪz, -ˌgaɪz, -θɒŋ-, ˈdɪp- /
Phonetics

verb (used with object), diph·thong·ized, diph·thong·iz·ing.

to change into or pronounce as a diphthong.

verb (used without object), diph·thong·ized, diph·thong·iz·ing.

to become a diphthong.

Nearby words

  1. diphtheritic,
  2. diphtheritic membrane,
  3. diphtheroid,
  4. diphthong,
  5. diphthongia,
  6. diphycercal,
  7. diphyletic,
  8. diphyllobothriasis,
  9. diphyllobothrium,
  10. diphyllous

Also especially British, diph·thong·ise.

Origin of diphthongize

First recorded in 1865–70; diphthong + -ize

Related formsdiph·thong·i·za·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for diphthongize

diphthongize

diphthongise

/ (ˈdɪfθɒŋˌaɪz, -ˌɡaɪz, ˈdɪp-) /

verb

(often passive) to make (a simple vowel) into a diphthong
Derived Formsdiphthongization or diphthongisation, noun

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