- 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
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- (intr) to articulate speech sounds, esp to cause the vocal cords to vibrate in the execution of a voiced speech sound
C19: from Greek phōnē voice
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- To utter speech sounds; vocalize.
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