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tr.v. syl·la·bized, syl·la·biz·ing, syl·la·biz·es
To syllabify.

[Medieval Latin syllabizāre, to quibble, from Greek sullabizein, to syllabify, from sullabē, syllable; see syllable.]
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(ˈsɪləˌbaɪz) or


vb (tr)
(Linguistics) to divide into syllables
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Verb1.syllabize - divide into syllables; "syllabify the words"
section, segment - divide into segments; "segment an orange"; "segment a compound word"
2.syllabize - utter with distinct articulation of each syllable; "The poet syllabized the verses he read"
enounce, enunciate, pronounce, sound out, articulate, say - speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way; "She pronounces French words in a funny way"; "I cannot say `zip wire'"; "Can the child sound out this complicated word?"
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References in periodicals archive ?
such as that of the "You-Dee-Eff" whereby "nouns turned into verbs" and "syllabised words grew from initials" and there were "agitators lurking behind acronyms." Other poets are called on to assist in the lettered project, as in "A Reply to Pablo Neruda": He instructed his tongue in the difference between we-simple (meaning us), and we-royal (meaning I).