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.
- 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.
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
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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
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
- 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
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