Definition of subvocalize in English:

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Pronunciation: /səbˈvōkəˌlīz/


[with object]
Utter (words or sounds) with the lips silently or with barely audible sound, especially when talking to oneself, memorizing something, or reading.
Example sentences
  • ‘Obviously not a very efficient one,’ subvocalised Jacob.
  • Despite all my training, subvocalizing into a throat mike was very different after the changes reinforcing my mouth and neck.
  • As she left, she subvocalized, ‘I can talk, Reddie.’



Pronunciation: /-ˌvōkəliˈzāSHən/
Example sentences
  • In addition to subvocalization, reading also involves two other processes, translation and placement.
  • Oddly, a number of researchers have reported that these subvocalisations are associated with audible speech.
  • I never, ever, was able to suspend disbelief about subvocalization when reading science fiction.

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Syllabification: sub·vo·cal·ize

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