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regressive assimilation

noun

, Phonetics.
  1. assimilation in which a following sound has an effect on a preceding one, as in pronouncing have in have to as [haf], influenced by the voiceless (t) in to.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of regressive assimilation1

First recorded in 1885–90

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Example Sentences

This influence, a form of regressive assimilation, is known as i-umlaut (pronounced om-lowt).

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