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labialize

[ley-bee-uh-lahyz]
verb (used with object), la·bi·al·ized, la·bi·al·iz·ing. Phonetics.
  1. to give a labial character to (a sound), for example, to round (a vowel).
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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 labialize

labialize

labialise

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