dissimilate

dissimilate

[dih-sim-uh-leyt]
verb (used with object), dissimilated, dissimilating. Phonetics.
to modify by dissimilation.

Origin:
1835–45; dis-1 + (as)similate

dissimilative, adjective
dissimilatory [dih-sim-uh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective
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dissimilate (dɪˈsɪmɪˌleɪt)
 
vb
1.  to make or become dissimilar
2.  (usually foll by to) phonetics to change or displace (a consonant) or (of a consonant) to be changed to or displaced by (another consonant) so that its manner of articulation becomes less similar to a speech sound in the same word. Thus (r) in the final syllable of French marbre is dissimilated to (l) in its English form marble
 
[C19: from dis-1 + assimilate]
 
dis'similative
 
adj
 
dis'similatory
 
adj

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