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).

Origin of labialize

1
First recorded in 1865–70; labial + -ize
  • Also especially British, la·bi·al·ise .

Other words from labialize

  • la·bi·al·i·za·tion, noun
  • un·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

/ (ˈleɪbɪəˌlaɪz) /


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

Derived forms of labialize

  • labialism, labialization or labialisation, noun

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