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monophthongize

[mon-uh f-thawng-ahyz, -gahyz, -thong-] /ˈmɒn əf θɔŋˌaɪz, -ˌgaɪz, -θɒŋ-/
verb (used with object), monophthongized, monophthongizing.
1.
to change into or pronounce as a monophthong.
verb (used without object), monophthongized, monophthongizing.
2.
to become a monophthong.
Also, especially British, monophthongise.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; monophthong + -ize
Related forms
monophthongization, noun
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