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"vocal" in British English

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vocaladjective

uk   /ˈvəʊ.kəl/  us   /ˈvoʊ.kəl/
  • vocal adjective (OFTEN HEARD)

often expressing opinions and complaints in speech: He had always been a very vocal critic of the president. During these years, suffrage demands by women became increasingly vocal.
vocally
adverb uk   /ˈvəʊ.kəl.i/  us   /ˈvoʊ.kəl.i/

vocalnoun [C usually plural]

uk   /ˈvəʊ.kəl/  us   /ˈvoʊ.kəl/
(Definition of vocal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"vocal" in American English

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vocaladjective

 us   /ˈvoʊ·kəl/
  • vocal adjective (OF THE VOICE)

[not gradable] relating to or produced by the voice, either in singing or speaking: vocal music
  • vocal adjective (OFTEN HEARD)

often expressing opinions and complaints in speech: He is emerging as his party’s most vocal critic of the president.
vocally
adverb [not gradable]  us   /ˈvoʊ·kə·li/

vocalnoun [C usually pl]

 us   /ˈvoʊ·kəl/
the singing in a piece of popular music: At times his vocals were drowned out by the audience singing along.
(Definition of vocal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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