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vocalize

[voh-kuh-lahyz] /ˈvoʊ kəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), vocalized, vocalizing.
1.
to make vocal; utter; articulate; sing.
2.
to endow with a voice; cause to utter.
3.
Phonetics.
  1. to voice.
  2. to change into a vowel (contrasted with consonantalize).
4.
(of Hebrew, Arabic, and other writing systems that do not usually indicate vowels) to furnish with vowels or vowel points.
verb (used without object), vocalized, vocalizing.
5.
to use the voice, as in speech or song.
6.
to sing without uttering words, especially to warm up the voice, practice vowel sounds, etc., before a performance.
7.
to sing scales, arpeggios, trills, or the like, usually to a solmization syllable or a vowel sound.
8.
Phonetics. to become changed into a vowel.
Also, especially British, vocalise.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; vocal + -ize
Related forms
vocalization, noun
vocalizer, noun
misvocalization, noun
nonvocalization, noun
subvocalize, verb, subvocalized, subvocalizing.
unvocalized, adjective
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  • vocalization is the primary means of communication between members of the species.
British Dictionary definitions for vocalization

vocalize

/ˈvəʊkəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
to express with or use the voice; articulate (a speech, song, etc)
2.
(transitive) to make vocal or articulate
3.
(transitive) (phonetics)
  1. to articulate (a speech sound) with voice
  2. to change (a consonant) into a vowel
4.
another word for vowelize
5.
(intransitive) to sing a melody on a vowel, etc
Derived Forms
vocalization, vocalisation, noun
vocalizer, vocaliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for vocalization
n.

1842, "action of vocalizing;" 1855, "mode or manner of vocalizing;" see vocalize + -ation.

vocalize

v.

1660s, from vocal + -ize. Related: Vocalized; vocalizing.

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Encyclopedia Article for vocalization

any sound produced through the action of an animal's respiratory system and used in communication. Vocal sound, which is virtually limited to frogs, crocodilians and geckos, birds, and mammals, is sometimes the dominant form of communication. In many birds and nonhuman primates the adult repertoire comprises a number of different calls, used to indicate territoriality, aggression, alarm, fright, contentment, hunger, the presence of food, or the need for companionship. Bird song (q.v.), the most intensively studied of animal vocalizations, consists primarily of territorial and mating calls.

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