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vocalize

or (especially British) vocalise

[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.
Origin of vocalize
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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Examples from the Web for vocalize
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  • Another student—with a fine tenor—was asked to vocalize for a number of minutes.

    Vocal Mastery Harriette Brower
  • Her voice cracked; her ear became demoralized; her attempts to vocalize grew almost as comical as Trilby's.

    Trilby George Du Maurier
  • Amos Adams threw back his grizzled head in a laugh that failed to vocalize.

    In the Heart of a Fool William Allen White
  • We have all heard voices that were so beautiful that to hear one of them vocalize for half an hour would be a musical feast.

  • vocalize always upon A, and be careful to put no B's before it.

  • Minnehaha is one of those fearless singers who vocalize without a safety-valve.

British Dictionary definitions for vocalize

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 vocalize
v.

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

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