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Alternative forms[edit]


vocal +‎ -ize


  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈvoʊ.kə.laɪz/
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vocalize (third-person singular simple present vocalizes, present participle vocalizing, simple past and past participle vocalized)

  1. To express with the voice, to utter.
    • 1876, Walt Whitman, preface to the 1876 edition of Leaves of Grass
      Following the modern spirit, the real poems of the present, ever solidifying and expanding into the future, must vocalize the vastness and splendor and reality with which scientism has invested man and the universe,...
  2. (of animals) To produce noises or calls from the throat.
    We could hear the monkeys vocalizing, though we could not see them.
  3. (music) To sing without using words.
  4. (linguistics) To turn a consonant into a vowel.
    In Hong Kong English, /l/ may be vocalized at the end of a syllable.
  5. (linguistics, dated) To make a sound voiced rather than voiceless.
  6. (linguistics) To add vowel points to a consonantal script (e.g. niqqud in Hebrew)


  • (of humans): outspeak (rarely used as a synonym of vocalize)

Derived terms[edit]




  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of vocalizar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of vocalizar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of vocalizar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of vocalizar