ven·tril·o·quize | \ven-ˈtri-lə-ˌkwīz \
ventriloquized; ventriloquizing

Definition of ventriloquize 

transitive verb

: to utter in the manner of a ventriloquist

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The Wylies ventriloquize Janice and reveal her dear and reckless self. James Ellroy, Vanities, "James Ellroy’s Buzz M for Murder," 7 Oct. 2017 The sound was immense, seeming to ventriloquize the orchestra sitting silently by. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Daniil Trifonov’s Sleight of Hand," 9 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of ventriloquize

1844, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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