dissimilate

[ dih-sim-uh-leyt ]
/ dɪˈsɪm əˌleɪt /

verb (used with object), dis·sim·i·lat·ed, dis·sim·i·lat·ing. Phonetics.

to modify by dissimilation.

Nearby words

  1. dissidently,
  2. dissidents,
  3. dissilient,
  4. dissimilar,
  5. dissimilarity,
  6. dissimilation,
  7. dissimilatory,
  8. dissimilitude,
  9. dissimulate,
  10. dissimulation

Origin of dissimilate

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

Related formsdis·sim·i·la·tive, adjectivedis·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 dissimilatory

dissimilate

/ (dɪˈsɪmɪˌleɪt) /

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 Formsdissimilative, adjectivedissimilatory, adjective

Word Origin for dissimilate

C19: from dis- 1 + assimilate

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Word Origin and History for dissimilatory

dissimilate

v.

"make different," 1821, from dis- + Latin similis on model of assimilate. Related: Dissimilated; dissimilating; dissimilation (1806).

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