diphthongize

diphthongize

[dif-thawng-ahyz, -gahyz, -thong-, dip-] Phonetics.
verb (used with object), diphthongized, diphthongizing.
1.
to change into or pronounce as a diphthong.
verb (used without object), diphthongized, diphthongizing.
2.
to become a diphthong.
Also, especially British, diphthongise.


Origin:
1865–70; diphthong + -ize

diphthongization, noun
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diphthongize or diphthongise (ˈdɪfθɒŋˌaɪz, -ˌɡaɪz, ˈdɪp-, ˈdɪfθɒŋˌaɪz, -ˌɡaɪz, ˈdɪp-)
 
vb
(often passive) to make (a simple vowel) into a diphthong
 
diphthongise or diphthongise
 
vb
 
diphthongi'zation or diphthongise
 
n
 
diphthongi'sation or diphthongise
 
n

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