labialize

[ley-bee-uh-lahyz]

verb (used with object), la·bi·al·ized, la·bi·al·iz·ing. Phonetics.

to give a labial character to (a sound), for example, to round (a vowel).

Nearby words

  1. labial artery,
  2. labial hernia,
  3. labial splint,
  4. labial vein,
  5. labialism,
  6. labialized,
  7. labially,
  8. labiate,
  9. labiche,
  10. labiche, eugène marin

Also especially British, la·bi·al·ise.

Origin of labialize

First recorded in 1865–70; labial + -ize

Related formsla·bi·al·i·za·tion, nounun·la·bi·al·ize, verb (used with object), un·la·bi·al·ized, un·la·bi·al·iz·ing.

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British Dictionary definitions for labialization

labialize

labialise

verb (tr)

phonetics to pronounce with articulation involving rounded lips, such as for (k) before a close back vowel () as in English cool
Derived Formslabialism, labialization or labialisation, noun

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