v. vo·cal·ized, vo·cal·iz·ing, vo·cal·iz·es
1. To produce by using the vocal organs: "I said these things out loud, actually vocalized the words" (Joan Didion).
2. To give voice to; articulate: a poem that vocalizes popular sentiment.
3. To mark (a vowelless Hebrew text, for example) with vowel points.
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.
2. Linguistics To be changed into a vowel.
vo′cal·i·zation (-kə-lĭ-zāshən) n.
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