as·​sib·​i·​late | \ əˈsibəˌlāt, aˈ-, usually -āt + V \

Definition of assibilate

transitive verb

1 : to introduce a sibilant sound after or less often before z was an assibilated d in primitive Greek—either \dz\ or \zd\
2 : to convert to or replace by a sibilant sound or a sound of which a sibilant is one constituent (as when the pronunciation \ˈindyən\ for Indian becomes \ˈinjən\; \j\ = \d\ + \zh\)

intransitive verb

: to change by introducing a sibilant sound (noninitial) Indo-European ti (unless preceded by s) assibilates (through palatalization) to si— G. U. Bonfante

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“Assibilate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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