transitive verbrho·ta·cized, rho·ta·ciz·ing, rho·ta·ciz·es
- To cause to undergo rhotacism as part of historical change.
- To articulate (a sound such as (s) or (z)) as (r).
- To articulate (a vowel or other speech sound) with characteristics of the sound (r), such as with retroflexion of the tongue or with the center of the tongue raised and back of the tongue concave.
Origin of rhotacizeFrom Greek rhōtakizein to make excessive or erroneous use of the letter rho ; see rhotacism .
(third-person singular simple present rhotacizes, present participle rhotacizing, simple past and past participle rhotacized)
- To pronounce with an exaggerated 'R' sound (a rhotacism).
- (linguistics) The change of a consonant to an 'R' in certain circumstances.