verb (used with object), dis·sim·i·lat·ed, dis·sim·i·lat·ing. Phonetics.
to modify by dissimilation.
Origin of dissimilate
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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
Word Origin for dissimilate
C19: from dis- 1 + assimilate
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