Definition of vocalize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvōkəˌlīz/


[with object]
1Utter (a sound or word): the child vocalizes a number of distinct sounds [no object]: a warbler vocalized from a reed bed
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  • Every word is sung with such involvement, it sounds like someone is vocalizing the words of their dying father's will.
  • At times, she vocalizes sounds, trying in her best way to speak.
  • She alters the sound of her voice at critical points and vocalizes nonverbal sounds to convey her message.
1.1Express (something) with words: Gillie could scarcely vocalize her responses
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  • She nodded, too embarrassed to vocalize her response.
  • Warrenpoint community needs to vocalise its hopes and expectations and make its voice heard.
  • The mentor relates the sense of fulfillment from working in public service (adding that thanks is rarely vocalized, and is communicated least when the responsibility is greatest).
1.2 [no object] Music Sing with several notes to one vowel.
2 Phonetics Change (a consonant) to a semivowel or vowel.
Example sentences
  • This leaves a good deal of room for scribal error and for different ways of vocalizing the consonants and indeed for regrouping consonants to give quite different words.
  • The system was a spoken one in the sense that consonants and vowels which are not vocalised have no numerical value.
3Write (a language such as Hebrew) with vowel points.
Example sentences
  • In the daily priestly blessing, the Tetragrammaton was vocalized with the vowel points associated with the name Adonai.
  • The Tetragrammaton, the four-letter name of God - which is too holy to be vocalized today as it is written - represents God's unity and His trait of mercy.



Pronunciation: /ˌvōkələˈzāSH(ə)n/
Pronunciation: /ˌvōkəˌlīˈzāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Zebras communicate with vocalizations and body language.
  • Your horse learns words, phrases, body language and vocalisations so that it can understand you and guess what you're going to do next.
  • The theme park is particularly interested in studying vocalizations and visual communication with regard to reproduction.


Example sentences
  • Music production using Magix Music Maker is a breeze with tools such as vocalizers, virtual synths, drum machines, vocoders, loopers and a text-to-speech module which is pretty cool.
  • Early vocalizers displayed more advanced language development at later ages, and this continuity applied to both groups.
  • Saul has been fitted with a vocaliser, a machine that transforms laboriously typed words into sounds.

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Syllabification: vo·cal·ize

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