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palatalize

[pal-uh-tl-ahyz]Phonetics
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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.
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verb (used without object), pal·a·tal·ized, pal·a·tal·iz·ing.
  1. (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
Related formspal·a·tal·i·za·tion, nounnon·pal·a·tal·i·za·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for palatalize

palatalize

palatalise

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