[ ley-bee-uh-lahyz ]
/ ˈleɪ bi əˌlaɪz /
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).
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- labial artery,
- labial hernia,
- labial splint,
- labial vein,
- labiche, eugène marin
Also especially British, la·bi·al·ise.
Origin of labialize
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/ (ˈleɪbɪəˌlaɪz) /
phonetics to pronounce with articulation involving rounded lips, such as for (k) before a close back vowel (uː) as in English cool
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