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palatalize

[pal-uh-tl-ahyz] /ˈpæl ə tlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), palatalized, palatalizing.
1.
to articulate (a consonant other than a normal palatal) as a palatal or with relatively more contact between the blade of the tongue and the hard palate, as in certain pronunciations of the l- sound in million.
verb (used without object), palatalized, palatalizing.
2.
(of a consonant) to undergo palatalization.
Also, especially British, palatalise.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; palatal + -ize
Related forms
palatalization, noun
nonpalatalization, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for palatalise

palatalize

/ˈpælətəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to pronounce (a speech sound) with the blade of the tongue touching the palate
Derived Forms
palatalization, palatalisation, noun
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