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1. (Phonetics & Phonology) to represent speech in writing using a system in which individual symbols reflect speech sounds in a regular manner
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) to increase the representation of written language using symbols or letters that correspond more closely or regularly to the sounds of the spoken language
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pho•net•i•cize(fəˈnɛt əˌsaɪz, foʊ-)
v.t. -cized, -ciz•ing.
1. to represent (speech) in writing using symbols that correspond regularly with speech sounds.
2. to increase the regularity of correspondence between sound and symbol in: a system of phoneticized English spelling.
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