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transliterate

[ trans-lit-uh-reyt, tranz- ]
/ trænsˈlɪt əˌreɪt, trænz- /
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verb (used with object), trans·lit·er·at·ed, trans·lit·er·at·ing.
to change (letters, words, etc.) into corresponding characters of another alphabet or language: to transliterate the Greek Χ as ch.
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Origin of transliterate

First recorded 1860–65; trans- + Latin lītter(a), litter(a) letter1 + -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM transliterate

trans·lit·er·a·tion [trans-lit-uh-rey-shuhn, tranz-], /trænsˌlɪt əˈreɪ ʃən, trænz-/, nountrans·lit·er·a·tor, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH transliterate

translate, transliterate
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How to use transliterate in a sentence

  • The 114 author is apparently unable to transliterate properly the Old English names.

    The Translations of Beowulf|Chauncey Brewster Tinker

British Dictionary definitions for transliterate

transliterate
/ (trænzˈlɪtəˌreɪt) /

verb
(tr) to transcribe (a word, etc, in one alphabet) into corresponding letters of another alphabetthe Greek word λογοσ can be transliterated as ``logos''

Derived forms of transliterate

transliteration, nountransliterator, noun

Word Origin for transliterate

C19: trans- + -literate, from Latin līttera letter
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