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Definition of "vocalize" []

  • To produce with the voice. (verb-transitive)
  • To give voice to; articulate: vocalize popular sentiment. (verb-transitive)
  • To mark (a vowelless Hebrew text, for example) with vowel points. (verb-transitive)
  • Linguistics To change (a consonant) into a vowel during articulation. (verb-transitive)
  • Linguistics To voice. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "vocalize" in a sentence
  • "We read with ear and eye together, though with varying proportions of emphasis on the one or the other; for some 'vocalize' whatever they read, others read almost entirely with the eye."
  • "I never had any beliefs that my opinions were supported here, as I had to make an effort to "vocalize" them."
  • "When trainer M.E. Hampton had me hold out my hands and repeatedly flick my fingers to get Naya to "vocalize," I nearly squealed with delight."