rhotacize

[ roh-tuh-sahyz ]
/ ˈroʊ təˌsaɪz /

verb (used with object), rho·ta·cized, rho·ta·ciz·ing.

to change (a sound) to an (r); subject to rhotacism.
to pronounce (a vowel) with r-color.

verb (used without object), rho·ta·cized, rho·ta·ciz·ing.

to undergo rhotacism.
Also especially British, rho·ta·cise.

Origin of rhotacize

First recorded in 1960–65; rhotac(ism) + -ize

Related forms

rho·ta·ci·za·tion, noun
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