verb, transitive + intransitive

variants or less commonly solmize
solmizated also solmized; solmizating also solmizing; solmizates also solmizes
transitive : to sing or represent (music) using the sol-fa syllables
If the tenor has an E-flat, that note is solmizated as fa, and the following D must be miJan Herlinger, in Explorations in Music, the Arts, and Ideas, 1988
… there may be more than one correct way of solmizing a given passage.Geoffrey Newton Sharp, The Music Review, 1969
intransitive : to sing using the sol-fa syllables
Whether Guido himself used the syllables to name the steps, let alone to solmizate, must remain a matter of conjecture …Karol Berger, Musica Ficta, (1987) 2004
… the perversion of incorrect solmizingMargaret Bent, Counterpoint, Composition, and Musica Ficta, 2002

Word History


back-formation from solmization

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of solmizate was in 1891

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“Solmizate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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