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[foh-neyt] /ˈfoʊ neɪt/
verb (used with or without object), phonated, phonating.
Phonetics. to provide (a sound source, and hence the pitch) for a given voiced continuant or vowel, through rapid, periodic glottal action.
to vocalize.
Origin of phonate
First recorded in 1875-80; phon- + -ate1 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for phonate


(intransitive) to articulate speech sounds, esp to cause the vocal cords to vibrate in the execution of a voiced speech sound
Derived Forms
phonation, noun
phonatory (ˈfəʊnətərɪ; -trɪ) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Greek phōnē voice
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phonate in Medicine

phonate pho·nate (fō'nāt')
v. pho·nat·ed, pho·nat·ing, pho·nates
To utter speech sounds; vocalize.

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