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[ ley-bee-uh-lahyzd ]
/ ˈleɪ bi əˌlaɪzd /

adjective Phonetics.

pronounced with secondary labial articulation.

Nearby words

labial hernia, labial splint, labial vein, labialism, labialize, labialized, labially, labiate, labiche, labiche, eugène marin, labile

Origin of labialized

First recorded in 1865–70; labialize + -ed2

Definition for labialized (2 of 2)


[ 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).
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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for labialized



/ (ˈleɪbɪəˌlaɪz) /

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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