Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

vocalize

play
verb vo·cal·ize \ˈvō-kə-ˌlīz\

Simple Definition of vocalize

  • : to express (something) by speaking words

  • : to make a sound with the voice

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of vocalize

vocalized

vocalizing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give voice to :  utter; specifically :  sing

  3. 2 a :  to make voiced rather than voiceless :  voice b :  to convert to a vowel

  4. 3 :  to furnish (as a consonantal Hebrew or Arabic text) with vowels or vowel points

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to utter vocal sounds

  7. 2 :  sing; specifically :  to sing without words

vocalization

play \ˌvō-kə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

vocalizer

play \ˈvō-kə-ˌlī-zər\ noun

Examples of vocalize in a sentence

  1. The male bird vocalizes to attract a mate.

  2. <she's not one to vocalize her worries>



1669

First Known Use of vocalize

1669



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up vocalize? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

not forbidden by law

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

two-chairs-on-a-pier-by-the-ocean-in-summer

Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?

vernal brumal hiemal estival
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ