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[ley-bee-uh-lahyz] /ˈleɪ bi əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), labialized, labializing. Phonetics
to give a labial character to (a sound), for example, to round (a vowel).
Also, especially British, labialise.
1865-70; labial + -ize
Related forms
labialization, noun
unlabialize, verb (used with object), unlabialized, unlabializing. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for labialization


verb (transitive)
(phonetics) to pronounce with articulation involving rounded lips, such as for (k) before a close back vowel () as in English cool
Derived Forms
labialism, labialization, labialisation, noun
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Encyclopedia Article for labialization

in phonetics, the production of a sound with the lips rounded. Vowels, semivowels, and some consonants may be rounded. In English, examples of rounded vowels are o in "note," oo in "look," and the u sound in "rule" and "boot"; w in "well" is an example of a rounded semivowel.

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