diphthongize

verb
diph·​thong·​ize | \ ˈdif-ˌthȯŋ-ˌīz How to pronounce diphthongize (audio) , ˈdip- \
diphthongized; diphthongizing

Definition of diphthongize

intransitive verb

of a simple vowel : to change into a diphthong

transitive verb

: to pronounce as a diphthong

Other Words from diphthongize

diphthongization \ (ˌ)dif-​ˌthȯŋ-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce diphthongization (audio) , (ˌ)dip-​ \ noun

First Known Use of diphthongize

1867, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Diphthongize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diphthongize. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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