ven·​tril·​o·​quize | \ ven-ˈtri-lə-ˌkwīz How to pronounce ventriloquize (audio) \
ventriloquized; ventriloquizing

Definition of ventriloquize

transitive verb

: to utter in the manner of a ventriloquist

Examples of ventriloquize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Julius was played by a wooden dummy that Leonard failed to ventriloquize. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "At a Murder Mystery Weekend, Whodunit? Everyone," 23 Mar. 2020 Phoebe’s chapters are just Will’s best attempt to ventriloquize Phoebe’s voice, to erase his ego and become Phoebe’s living conduit. Constance Grady, Vox, "In R.O. Kwon’s terrific new novel The Incendiaries, a cultist looks for meaning in tragedy," 3 Aug. 2018 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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“Ventriloquize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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