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dissimilate

  

      vb  
1    to make or become dissimilar  
2    usually foll by: to     (Phonetics)   to change or displace (a consonant) or (of a consonant) to be changed to or displaced by (another consonant) so that its manner of articulation becomes less similar to a speech sound in the same word. Thus (r) in the final syllable of French marbre is dissimilated to (l) in its English form marble  
     (C19: from dis-1 + assimilate)  
  dissimilative      adj  
  dissimilatory      adj  
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