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Related to diphthongize: Rising diphthong
diph·thong·ize(dĭf′thông-īz′, -thŏng-, dĭp′-)
tr. & intr.v. diph·thong·ized, diph·thong·iz·ing, diph·thong·iz·es
To pronounce as or become a diphthong.
diph′thong·i·za′tion (-ĭ-zā′shən) n.
diphthongize(ˈdɪfθɒŋˌaɪz; -ˌɡaɪz; ˈdɪp-) or
(Phonetics & Phonology) (often passive) to make (a simple vowel) into a diphthong
ˌdiphthongiˈzation, ˌdiphthongiˈsation n
diph•thong•ize(ˈdɪf θɔŋˌaɪz, -ˌgaɪz, -θɒŋ-, ˈdɪp-)
v. -ized, -iz•ing. v.t.
1. to change into or pronounce as a diphthong.v.i.
2. to become a diphthong.
Past participle: diphthongized
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|Verb||1.||diphthongize - change from a simple vowel to a diphthong; "This vowel diphthongized in Germanic"|
switch, change, shift - lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; "switch to a different brand of beer"; "She switched psychiatrists"; "The car changed lanes"
break - undergo breaking; "The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages"