lenite

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le·nite

 (lə-nīt′)
v. le·nit·ed, le·nit·ing, le·nites
v.intr.
To undergo an increase in sonority or become lenis. Said of consonant sounds, as when (p) changes to (b), (b) to (v), or (v) to (w).
v.tr.
To cause (a consonant sound) to lenite.

le·ni′tion (-nĭsh′ən) n.
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lenite

(ləˈnaɪt)
vb
(Phonetics & Phonology) to (cause to) undergo lenition
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