- 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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But should mom get involved in an “animated conversation” with a stranger, the baby will “vocalize with intense anger.”The Week in Rage
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Vocalize always upon A, and be careful to put no B's before it.
Amos Adams threw back his grizzled head in a laugh that failed to vocalize.In the Heart of a Fool
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Her voice cracked; her ear became demoralized; her attempts to vocalize grew almost as comical as Trilby's.Trilby
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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.The Head Voice and Other Problems
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Minnehaha is one of those fearless singers who vocalize without a safety-valve.You Should Worry Says John Henry
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- 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 vocalize
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