- Chiefly British. vocalize.
- 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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Examples from the Web for 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
- 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
- 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
Word Origin and History for vocalising
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