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phonate (third-person singular simple present phonates, present participle phonating, simple past and past participle phonated)

  1. (medicine, intransitive) To speak aloud.
    • Oliver Sacks, Awakenings
      One [] finds patients unable to take a single step, who can dance with consummate ease and grace; patients unable to phonate, or utter a single word, who can sing without any difficulty []