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 As Koh uses her violin to almost deconstruct its sound, using a bow whose long horsehairs fall freely from its tip, Tines takes the stage to vocalize. Tom Teicholz, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 His nickname was a common term back then for someone who could not speak, although Hoy could vocalize a bit. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 10 Apr. 2022 In the weeks following Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, industry members have used social media to vocalize their support of Ukrainians. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Mar. 2022 The extra energy to vocalize those beliefs reflect a coach emerging from a 10-day quarantine due to COVID-19, Jones said. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 10 Dec. 2021 Hearing other athletes speak up about mental wellness and vocalize their feelings and concerns was something White found comforting and even influenced him to do the same. Skyler Caruso, PEOPLE.com, 16 Nov. 2021 The autonomous vehicle would need to determine where to stop the car in terms of allowing a passenger to vocalize their order. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 Additionally, with many options available through which to vocalize ongoing issues in the workplace, companies that don’t address their internal issues could become the next viral news story — like Uber did after Susan Fowler went public. Claire Schmidt, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 Mistic uses American Sign Language to communicate, is unable to read lips and can vocalize only a few words, according to the suit. NBC News, 28 Sep. 2021 See More

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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 22 May. 2022.

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