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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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Examples for vocalize
  • Macaws vocalize to communicate within the flock, mark territory, and identify one another.
  • These owls often call at night but may also vocalize during the day.
  • Lynx occasionally vocalize with a wide range of calls.
  • When one bird begins to vocalize, neighboring birds usually join in.
  • Physical ability to vocalize as needed to give verbal instructions, communicate with co-workers and with trustees.
  • Frogs and toads were chosen as the study species because they vocalize during breeding season.
  • Listening to water flow or wildlife vocalize can be degraded by inappropriate sounds or sound levels.
  • These meetings offer the opportunity for residents to vocalize their concerns about the community in which they live.
  • Don't let him out in response, or this will teach him to vocalize whenever he wants your attention.
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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