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devoice

Syllabification: de·voice
Pronunciation: /dēˈvois
 
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Definition of devoice in English:

verb

[with object] Phonetics
Make (a vowel or voiced consonant) voiceless.
Example sentences
  • Final voiced consonants tend to be devoiced: ‘dok’ for dog, ‘piecess’ for pieces.
  • The other step in making granted sound exactly the same as granite is to devoice the final /d/.
  • Among other things, it's not uncommon to hear a German native speaker devoicing at least some final consonants while speaking English.

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