Definition of devoice in English:

Share this entry

devoice

Pronunciation: /diːˈvɔɪs/

verb

[with object] Phonetics
Make (a vowel or voiced consonant) voiceless: (as noun devoicing) the devoicing of the final consonant is compensated for by a lengthening of the preceding vowel or diphthong
More 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.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: de|voice

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.