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Princeton's WordNet

  1. subvocalize, subvocaliseverb

    articulate without making audible sounds

    "she was reading to herself and merely subvocalized"


  1. subvocalizeverb

    To form words or statements in thought and express them inwardly without uttering them aloud.

  2. Etymology: *subvocal + -ize


  1. subvocalize

    Subvocalization, or silent speech, is the internal speech typically made when reading; it provides the sound of the word as it is read. This is a natural process when reading and it helps the mind to access meanings to comprehend and remember what is read, potentially reducing cognitive load.This inner speech is characterized by minuscule movements in the larynx and other muscles involved in the articulation of speech. Most of these movements are undetectable (without the aid of machines) by the person who is reading. It is one of the components of Alan Baddeley and Graham Hitch's phonological loop proposal which accounts for the storage of these types of information into short-term memory.


  1. subvocalize

    Subvocalization is the internal speech or silent articulation made by individuals when reading or imagining a conversation. It's the act of pronouncing words in your mind without audibly voicing them. This is often used in the context of speed reading, where subvocalization sometimes refers to the habit of pronouncing words in your head as you read, which can slow down your reading speed.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of subvocalize in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of subvocalize in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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