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sibilate

[ sib-uh-leyt ]
/ ˈsɪb əˌleɪt /
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verb (used without object), sib·i·lat·ed, sib·i·lat·ing.

to hiss.

verb (used with object), sib·i·lat·ed, sib·i·lat·ing.

to utter or pronounce with a hissing sound.

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Origin of sibilate

First recorded in 1650–60; from Latin sībilātus (past participle of sībilāre “to hiss”); see origin at sibilant, -ate1
sib·i·la·tion, nounsib·i·la·tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sibilate

sibilate
/ (ˈsɪbɪˌleɪt) /

verb

to pronounce or utter (words or speech) with a hissing sound
sibilation, noun
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