verb (used with or without object), vo·cal·ised, vo·cal·is·ing.

Chiefly British. vocalize.



verb (used with object), vo·cal·ized, vo·cal·iz·ing.

to make vocal; utter; articulate; sing.
to endow with a voice; cause to utter.
  1. to voice.
  2. 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.

verb (used without object), vo·cal·ized, vo·cal·iz·ing.

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

First recorded in 1660–70; vocal + -ize
Related formsvo·cal·i·za·tion, nounvo·cal·iz·er, nounmis·vo·cal·i·za·tion, nounnon·vo·cal·i·za·tion, nounsub·vo·cal·ize, verb, sub·vo·cal·ized, sub·vo·cal·iz·ing.un·vo·cal·ized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for vocalising

Historical Examples of vocalising

  • Then he sang this song, in a low and almost toneless voice, uttering the notes rather than vocalising them.

    The Green Carnation

    Robert Smythe Hichens

British Dictionary definitions for vocalising



a musical passage sung upon one vowel as an exercise to develop flexibility and control of pitch and tone; solfeggio




to express with or use the voice; articulate (a speech, song, etc)
(tr) to make vocal or articulate
(tr) phonetics
  1. to articulate (a speech sound) with voice
  2. to change (a consonant) into a vowel
another word for vowelize
(intr) to sing a melody on a vowel, etc
Derived Formsvocalization or vocalisation, nounvocalizer or vocaliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for vocalising



1660s, from vocal + -ize. Related: Vocalized; vocalizing.

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