- to make vocal; utter; articulate; sing.
- to endow with a voice; cause to utter.
- to voice.
- to change into a vowel (contrasted with consonantalize).
- (of Hebrew, Arabic, and other writing systems that do not usually indicate vowels) to furnish with vowels or vowel points.
- to use the voice, as in speech or song.
- to sing without uttering words, especially to warm up the voice, practice vowel sounds, etc., before a performance.
- to sing scales, arpeggios, trills, or the like, usually to a solmization syllable or a vowel sound.
- Phonetics. to become changed into a vowel.
Also especially British, vo·cal·ise.
Origin of vocalize
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Examples from the Web for vocalization
No behaviorist can possibly show that the air waves set in motion by my vocalization were an indispensable stimulus.Creative Intelligence
John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
She will set him sighing after the vocalization of the other side of the Atlantic.Physiology of The Opera
John H. Swaby (AKA "Scrici")
Her delivery of 'Casta Diva' is a transcendent effort of vocalization.Great Singers, Second Series
George T. Ferris
The quality of the notes suggested a relationship to the song phrase rather than to other types of vocalization.
The only other vocalization noted throughout the nestling period was an abbreviated chee.
- to express with or use the voice; articulate (a speech, song, etc)
- (tr) to make vocal or articulate
- (tr) phonetics
- to articulate (a speech sound) with voice
- to change (a consonant) into a vowel
- another word for vowelize
- (intr) to sing a melody on a vowel, etc
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Word Origin and History for vocalization
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