Meaning of palatalize

pal•a•tal•ize

Pronunciation: (pal'u-tl-īz"), [key]
— v., -ized, -iz•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to articulate (a consonant other than a normal palatal) as a palatal or with relatively more contact between the blade of the tongue and the hard palate, as in certain pronunciations of the l-sound in million.
—v.i.
  1. (of a consonant) to undergo palatalization.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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