verb, transitive + intransitive
sol·​mi·​zate | \ ˈsäl-mə-ˌzāt \
variants: or less commonly solmize \ ˈsäl-​ˌmīz \
solmizated also solmized; solmizating also solmizing; solmizates also solmizes

Definition of solmizate

1 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 mi — Jan 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
2 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 solmizing— Margaret Bent, Counterpoint, Composition, and Musica Ficta, 2002

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First Known Use of solmizate

1891, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for solmizate

back-formation from solmization

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“Solmizate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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