Definition of diphthongize in English:


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transitive verb

(also British diphthongise)
[with object]
  • Change (a vowel) into a diphthong.

    ‘the short vowel was not lengthened or diphthongized’
    • ‘But at normal conversational speed its ghastly sequence of four diphthongized long vowels (in the nicely symmetrical but un-IPA Trager-Smith transcription, / ay ey iy ey /) sounds something like ah-ee-yay-ee-yee-yay-ee.’
    • ‘Stealth has a long, tense, diphthongized high vowel [i], whereas stealth has a short, lax, mid-vowel.’
    • ‘In particular, the vowel of the last syllable was a pretty good IPA [e], not diphthongized like the vowel in English babe but also not laxed and shortened like the vowel in English bed.’



/ˈdipTHôNG(ɡ)ˌīz/ /ˈdɪpθɔŋ(ɡ)ˌaɪz/ /ˈdifTHôNG(ɡ)ˌīz/ /ˈdɪfθɔŋ(ɡ)ˌaɪz/