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dissimilate

[ dih-sim-uh-leyt ]
/ d瑟藞s瑟m 蓹藢le瑟t /
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verb (used with object), dis路sim路i路lat路ed, dis路sim路i路lat路ing.Phonetics.
to modify by dissimilation.
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Origin of dissimilate

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

OTHER WORDS FROM dissimilate

dis路sim路i路la路tive, adjectivedis路sim路i路la路to路ry [dih-sim-uh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /d瑟藞s瑟m 蓹 l蓹藢t蓴r i, -藢to蕣r i/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dissimilate

dissimilate
/ (d瑟藞s瑟m瑟藢le瑟t) /

verb
to make or become dissimilar
(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

Derived forms of dissimilate

dissimilative, adjectivedissimilatory, adjective

Word Origin for dissimilate

C19: from dis- 1 + assimilate
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