vocalize

verb vo·cal·ize \ ˈvō-kə-ˌlīz \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of vocalize

vocalized; vocalizing
transitive verb
1 : to give voice to : utter; specifically : sing
2 a : 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

vocalization

play \ˌvō-kə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

vocalizer

play \ˈvō-kə-ˌlī-zər\ noun

Examples of vocalize in a Sentence

  1. The male bird vocalizes to attract a mate.

  2. she's not one to vocalize her worries

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First Known Use of vocalize

1669


VOCALIZE Defined for English Language Learners

vocalize

verb

Definition of vocalize for English Language Learners

  • : to express (something) by speaking words

  • : to make a sound with the voice



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