lenite

[luh-nahyt]Phonetics
verb (used without object), le·nit·ed, le·nit·ing.
  1. to undergo lenition; be pronounced with weakened articulation, as when the consonant sound p changes to b, b to v, or v to w.
verb (used with object), le·nit·ed, le·nit·ing.
  1. to cause (a consonant sound) to lenite.
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