[ dih-sim-uh-leyt ]

verb (used with object),dis·sim·i·lat·ed, dis·sim·i·lat·ing.Phonetics.
  1. to modify by dissimilation.

Origin of dissimilate

First recorded in 1835–45; dis-1 + (as)similate

Other words from dissimilate

  • dis·sim·i·la·tive, adjective
  • dis·sim·i·la·to·ry [dih-sim-uh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /dɪˈsɪm ə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for dissimilate


/ (dɪˈsɪmɪˌleɪt) /

  1. to make or become dissimilar

  2. (usually foll by to) phonetics to change or displace (a consonant) or (of a consonant) to be changed to or displaced by (another consonant) so that its manner of articulation becomes less similar to a speech sound in the same word. Thus (r) in the final syllable of French marbre is dissimilated to (l) in its English form marble

Origin of dissimilate

C19: from dis- 1 + assimilate

Derived forms of dissimilate

  • dissimilative, adjective
  • dissimilatory, adjective

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