transitive verb-·ized·, -·iz·ing
Phonet. to modify the pronunciation of (a sound) by having the back of the tongue raised toward the velum during articulation
transitive verbve·lar·ized, ve·lar·iz·ing, ve·lar·iz·es
To articulate (a sound) by retracting the back of the tongue toward the soft palate.
(third-person singular simple present velarizes, present participle velarizing, simple past and past participle velarized)
- (linguistics) to raise the back of the tongue toward the velum while articulating another consonant.
From velar +"Ž -ize.