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Verb: dissimilate  di'si-mu,leyt
  1. (phonetics) become dissimilar by changing the sound qualities
    "These consonants dissimilate"
     
  2. Make dissimilar; cause to become less similar
     
  3. Become dissimilar or less similar
    "These two related tribes of people gradually dissimilated over time"

Derived forms: dissimilates, dissimilated, dissimilating

Type of: alter, change, modify

Antonym: assimilate

Encyclopedia: Dissimilate