From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Vocalize \Vo"cal*ize\ (v[=o]"kal*[imac]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
   Vocalized (v[=o]"kal*[imac]zd); p. pr. & vb. n.
   Vocalizing (v[=o]"kal*[imac]*z[i^]ng).] [Cf. F. vocaliser.]
   1. To form into voice; to make vocal or sonant; to give
      intonation or resonance to.
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            It is one thing to give an impulse to breath alone,
            another thing to vocalize that breath. --Holder.
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   2. To practice singing on the vowel sounds.
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