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sibilate

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verb sib·i·late \ˈsi-bə-ˌlāt\

Definition of sibilate

sibilated

sibilating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  hiss

  3. 2 :  to utter an initial sibilant :  prefix an \s\-sound

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  hiss

  6. 2 :  to pronounce with an initial sibilant :  prefix an \s\-sound to

sibilation

play \ˌsi-bə-ˈlā-shən\ noun


Origin and Etymology of sibilate

Latin sibilatus, past participle of sibilare


First Known Use: circa 1656


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