- to give utterance to; express with the voice; speak or sing
- to add diacritical vowel marks to (the exclusively consonantal characters of certain languages such as Hebrew)
- to change into or use as a vowel
- to voice
- to make vocal sounds; speak or sing; specif., to do a singing exercise, using various vowel sounds
- to be changed into a vowel; become vocalic
verbvo·cal·ized, vo·cal·iz·ing, vo·cal·iz·es
- To produce by using the vocal organs: “I said these things out loud, actually vocalized the words” (Joan Didion).
- To give voice to; articulate: a poem that vocalizes popular sentiment.
- To mark (a vowelless Hebrew text, for example) with vowel points.
- Linguistics a. To change (a consonant) into a vowel during articulation.b. To voice.
- a. To use the vocal organs to produce sounds: birds that vocalize in flight.b. To use another organ, such as a swim bladder, to produce sounds.c. Music To sing.
- Linguistics To be changed into a vowel.
(third-person singular simple present vocalizes, present participle vocalizing, simple past and past participle vocalized)
- To express with the voice, to utter.
- (of animals) To produce noises or calls from the throat.
- We could hear the monkeys vocalizing, though we could not see them.
- (music) To sing without using words.
- (linguistics) To turn a consonant into a vowel.
- (linguistics, dated) To make a sound voiced rather than voiceless.
- (linguistics) To add vowel points to a consonantal script (e.g. niqqud in Hebrew)
vocal +"Ž -ize