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.
Origin of phonate
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Related Words for phonateutter, speak, outline, affirm, articulate, intone, propound, sound, stress, vocalize, accent, enunciate, verbalize, say, voice, phonate, express, develop, show, deliver
(intr) to articulate speech sounds, esp to cause the vocal cords to vibrate in the execution of a voiced speech sound
Word Origin for phonate
C19: from Greek phōnē voice
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To utter speech sounds; vocalize.
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