Definition of nasalize in English:


(British nasalise)


[with object]
  • Pronounce or utter (a speech sound) with the breath resonating in the nose.

    ‘this sound and sensation should be memorized so that the singer can learn to consistently avoid nasalizing vowels’
    • ‘The first small problem with the Reuters article is that the usual spelling for the language is ‘Pirahã’, with a tilde over the final /a/, indicating that the vowel is nasalized.’
    • ‘In southern England, the vowel is nasalized and long.’
    • ‘In speech, hard ‘r’ frequently gets nasalized, in the same way as ‘k’ becomes aspirated in the American throat.’
    • ‘But after, for example, verbs ending in ‘a’, ‘en’ gloms onto the verb and turns the final ‘a’ into an ‘eh’ sound, creating a long, nasalized ‘eh’.’
    • ‘Also, the nasal cavity can be closed thus preventing vowels from being nasalised and thus increasing their comprehensibility.’
    • ‘French is essentially a language that elides everything that doesn't get out of the way fast enough, and nasalises everything else.’
    • ‘Try saying ‘cromps,’ while nasalizing the m a little, like in French.’