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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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  • Eventually, biologists demonstrated that the sounds were the vocalizations of fin whales.
  • These vocalizations vary by species, and within each species vary regionally.
British Dictionary definitions for vocalizations

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 vocalizations

vocalize

v.

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

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