vo·​cal·​ize | \ ˈvō-kə-ˌlīz How to pronounce vocalize (audio) \
vocalized; vocalizing

Definition of vocalize

transitive verb

1 : to give voice to : utter specifically : sing
2a : to make voiced rather than voiceless : voice
b : to convert to a vowel
3 : to furnish (something, such as a consonantal Hebrew or Arabic text) with vowels or vowel points

intransitive verb

1 : to utter vocal sounds
2 : sing specifically : to sing without words

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Other Words from vocalize

vocalization \ ˌvō-​kə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce vocalization (audio) \ noun
vocalizer \ ˈvō-​kə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce vocalizer (audio) \ noun

Examples of vocalize in a Sentence

The male bird vocalizes to attract a mate. she's not one to vocalize her worries

Recent Examples on the Web

The neighborhood association has long been an active group that has vocalized its concerns on issues in recent years such as heavy industry popping up near downtown Mobile within and near the State Docks. al.com, "In Mobile Civic Center project, key neighborhood group claims ‘we’ve been ignored’," 1 July 2019 The famous couple joined dozens of celebrities who have vocalized their opinions on vaccinating children. Amy Haneline, USA TODAY, "Dax Shepard says he and Kristen Bell are 'Most vocal pro-vaccination couple in the biz'," 26 June 2019 Given the wide variation among individuals’ voices and the ways that emotional states are vocalized, our testing is neither exhaustive or comprehensive. Jeff Kao And Jack Gillum, ProPublica, "Methodology: How We Tested an Aggression Detection Algorithm," 25 June 2019 Every season, America's Got Talent fans vocalize the same grumble right around the time the judges dole out their golden buzzers: There are too many singers on the variety show. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Here's the Actual Reason 'AGT' Has So Many Singers on the Show," 11 June 2019 Mary Louise, who injects some welcome frisson into the women’s dynamics, also inadvertently vocalizes the tensions that undergirded Celeste and Perry’s outwardly perfect relationship. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Big Little Lies Ponders What Makes a Man," 10 June 2019 Wolf isn't actually the first to vocalize this idea; none other than Trump himself has done so, too. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "The most provocative thing Michelle Wolf said," 30 Apr. 2018 Even during his struggle with brain cancer, McCain frequently vocalized his resistance to President Donald Trump's administration and many of his policies. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "John McCain Is Dead at 81," 26 Aug. 2018 Even though people haven't been able to vocalize their support for the singer, the post has already garnered more than 601,000 likes, including from fellow Hollywood star Reese Witherspoon. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Pink Slams "Disgusting" Trolls Who Attacked Her Son for Not Wearing a Diaper," 1 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of vocalize

1669, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of vocalize was in 1669

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English Language Learners Definition of vocalize

: to express (something) by speaking words
: to make a sound with the voice

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