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 vocalize (audio) \ noun
vocalizer \ ˈvō-​kə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce vocalize (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 Plus, check-ins can be an opportunity for managers to vocalize appreciation and recognize accomplishments. Jessica Militare, Forbes, "How To Help Support Your Employees’ Mental Health," 5 Apr. 2021 Empower yourself to vocalize your insecurities in order to get your needs better met. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for December 11, 2020," 11 Dec. 2020 The only public official to vocalize opposition against the referendum was former congressional candidate Dean Young, but others – such as the Campomenosi and Zeigler, who vehemently opposed the I-10 Mobile River Bridge project – remained silent. al, "How the toll referendum failed in Baldwin County, and what’s next for key project," 12 Nov. 2020 The tweet appeared to push some Republicans off the sidelines — or at least to vocalize their active support for the president on Twitter to make sure there were not any doubts about their engagement. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Don Trump Jr. riles 2024 GOP field with Trump legal fight tweet," 6 Nov. 2020 When keepers entered his den to fetch him for another brief exam, Thompson said, the sound of the door prompted him to vocalize. Washington Post, "Zoo’s giant panda cub now an open-eyed 8 weeks old, keepers say," 17 Oct. 2020 All parents really need, Lamb said, is a willingness to share and the courage to vocalize in front of others. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra aids new parents, fights infant mortality with ongoing ‘Lullaby Project’," 15 Sep. 2020 Leake proceeded to vocalize the painful process of mourning and accepting the death of his younger sister, Danielle Marie Gibson, who died in 1997, the same year Vergara lost her brother. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "'AGT': Sofia Vergara and spoken-word performer bond over tragedy in first audience-less show," 1 July 2020 Led by and centered around black trans women, Sunday's march and rally in New York gave trans and gender non-conforming people the opportunity to mourn lives lost, and to vocalize their demand for justice and fair treatment. Lauren Holt, CNN, "Thousands show up for black trans people in nationwide protests," 14 June 2020

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First Known Use of vocalize

1669, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Vocalize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vocalize. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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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