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 While the sting of Netflix’s cancellation was mitigated by seeing fans of the show vocalize their outrage, the ebb and flow of uncertainty was also hard. Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2021 There are many animals on the planet that vocalize in ways that sound like laughter. Mike Wehner, BGR, 17 May 2021 The new study, published in the journal PLoS Biology, involved asking a dozen participants to vocalize several emotions. Jv Chamary, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2021 As a Georgia native, 2023 defensive lineman Vic Burley is not afraid to vocalize his interest in the Georgia Bulldogs. Kayla Harvey, cleveland, 31 Mar. 2021 Plus, check-ins can be an opportunity for managers to vocalize appreciation and recognize accomplishments. Jessica Militare, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021 Empower yourself to vocalize your insecurities in order to get your needs better met. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, 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, 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, 6 Nov. 2020

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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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30 May 2021

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“Vocalize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vocalize. Accessed 15 Jun. 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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