• IPA: /ˈviːləɹaɪz/

velarize (velarizes, present participle velarizing; past and past participle velarized)

  1. (phonology) To raise the back of the tongue toward the velum while articulating another consonant, such as the l of English pool.
  2. (phonology) To replace a (usually more front) consonant with a velar.
    In several dialects of Central German, the cluster -nd- has been velarized to -ng-.
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