me·​tath·​e·​size mə-ˈta-thə-ˌsīz How to pronounce metathesize (audio)
metathesized; metathesizing; metathesizes

transitive verb

: to subject to metathesis

Word History


metathes(is) + -ize

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of metathesize was in 1939

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Cite this Entry

“Metathesize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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