palatalize

[ pal-uh-tl-ahyz ]
/ ˈpæl ə tlˌaɪz /
Phonetics

verb (used with object), pal·a·tal·ized, pal·a·tal·iz·ing.

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.

(of a consonant) to undergo palatalization.

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Also especially British, pal·a·tal·ise .

Origin of palatalize

First recorded in 1865–70; palatal + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM palatalize

pal·a·tal·i·za·tion, nounnon·pal·a·tal·i·za·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for palatalize

palatalize

palatalise

/ (ˈpælətəˌlaɪz) /

verb

(tr) to pronounce (a speech sound) with the blade of the tongue touching the palate

Derived forms of palatalize

palatalization or palatalisation, noun
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