subvocalize

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sub·vo·cal·ize

 (sŭb-vō′kə-līz′)
tr. & intr.v. sub·vo·cal·ized, sub·vo·cal·iz·ing, sub·vo·cal·iz·es
To articulate or engage in articulation by moving the lips or other speech organs without making audible sounds, as in reading to oneself.

sub·vo′cal·i·za′tion (-kə-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
sub·vo′cal·iz′er n.
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subvocalize

(sʌbˈvəʊkəˌlaɪz) or

subvocalise

vb
1. (Linguistics) to form (words) silently by moving the lips or other vocal organs without vocalization
2. (Linguistics) to form (words) only in the mind
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.subvocalize - articulate without making audible sounds; "she was reading to herself and merely subvocalized"
enounce, enunciate, pronounce, sound out, articulate, say - speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way; "She pronounces French words in a funny way"; "I cannot say `zip wire'"; "Can the child sound out this complicated word?"
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References in periodicals archive ?
One of the goals of the speed-reading movement of the 1960s was to eliminate internal verbalisation, or subvocalisation, as it's known.
It replaces vocalisation with "subvocalisation," or "silent speech."
"The Role of Subvocalisation in Reading." The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology Section A: Human Experimental Psychology 33.4 (1981): 439-54.