phonate

[ foh-neyt ]
/ ˈfoʊ neɪt /

verb (used with or without object), pho·nat·ed, pho·nat·ing.

Phonetics. to provide (a sound source, and hence the pitch) for a given voiced continuant or vowel, through rapid, periodic glottal action.
to vocalize.

Nearby words

  1. phon,
  2. phon-,
  3. phon.,
  4. phonal,
  5. phonasthenia,
  6. phonathon,
  7. phonation,
  8. phonatory,
  9. phone,
  10. phone book

Origin of phonate

First recorded in 1875–80; phon- + -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for phonate

phonate

/ (fəʊˈneɪt) /

verb

(intr) to articulate speech sounds, esp to cause the vocal cords to vibrate in the execution of a voiced speech sound
Derived Formsphonation, nounphonatory (ˈfəʊnətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

Word Origin for phonate

C19: from Greek phōnē voice

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Medicine definitions for phonate

phonate

[ fōnāt′ ]

v.

To utter speech sounds; vocalize.

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