vocalize

When you speak, sing, or utter any kind of sound, you vocalize. A tiny baby can only vocalize gurgles and coos, but by the time she's three or four, she'll vocalize all kinds of opinions.

Vocalize literally means to make a noise using your voice — in fact, vocalize is rooted in the Latin root word for "voice," vox. It's nearly a synonym for verbalize, "put into words," except that when you vocalize you may speak using words or you may merely make noises. So while your dog is smart enough to vocalize a response when you say, "Speak," he's still not smart enough to verbalize.

Definitions of vocalize
  1. verb
    utter speech sounds
    synonyms: phonate, vocalise
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    type of:
    mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    express in speech
  2. verb
    utter with vibrating vocal chords
    synonyms: sound, vocalise, voice
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    Antonyms:
    devoice
    utter with tense vocal chords
    types:
    chirk
    make a shrill creaking, squeaking, or noise, as of a door, mouse, or bird
    quaver, waver
    give off unsteady sounds, alternating in amplitude or frequency
    type of:
    articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say, sound out
    speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
  3. verb
    pronounce as a vowel
    synonyms: vocalise, vowelise, vowelize
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    type of:
    articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say, sound out
    speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
  4. verb
    express or state clearly
    synonyms: articulate, enunciate, vocalise
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    type of:
    say, state, tell
    express in words
  5. verb
    sing (each note a scale or in a melody) with the same vowel
    synonyms: vocalise
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    type of:
    sing
    produce tones with the voice
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