usually -āt + V

transitive verb

: to introduce a sibilant sound after or less often before
z was an assibilated d in primitive Greek—either \dz\ or \zd\
: 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 siG. U. Bonfante

Word History


ad- + sibilate

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“Assibilate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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