verb (used with object), pal·a·tal·ized, pal·a·tal·iz·ing.
  1. to articulate (a consonant other than a normal palatal) as a palatal or with relatively more contact between the blade of the tongue and the hard palate, as in certain pronunciations of the l-sound in million.
verb (used without object), pal·a·tal·ized, pal·a·tal·iz·ing.
  1. (of a consonant) to undergo palatalization.
Also especially British, pal·a·tal·ise.

Origin of palatalize

First recorded in 1865–70; palatal + -ize
Related formspal·a·tal·i·za·tion, nounnon·pal·a·tal·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  1. (tr) to pronounce (a speech sound) with the blade of the tongue touching the palate
Derived Formspalatalization or palatalisation, noun
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