pho·​ne·​mi·​cize fō-ˈnē-mə-ˌsīz How to pronounce phonemicize (audio)
phonemicized; phonemicizing; phonemicizes

transitive verb

: to represent by or convert into phonemic symbols : to treat as a phoneme : to make (a phonetic distinction) phonemic rather than allophonic
phonemicization noun
plural phonemicizations

Word History


phonemic + -ize

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of phonemicize was in 1848

Dictionary Entries Near phonemicize

Cite this Entry

“Phonemicize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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