ver·​bal·​ize | \ ˈvər-bə-ˌlīz How to pronounce verbalize (audio) \
verbalized; verbalizing

Definition of verbalize

intransitive verb

1 : to express something in words
2 : to speak or write verbosely

transitive verb

1 : to name or express in words
2 : to convert into a verb

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Other Words from verbalize

verbalization \ ˌvər-​bə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce verbalization (audio) \ noun
verbalizer \ ˈvər-​bə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce verbalizer (audio) \ noun

Examples of verbalize in a Sentence

She didn't know how to verbalize her feelings. couldn't quite verbalize the cause of his mental distress
Recent Examples on the Web And after Tuesday's loss, Howard again verbalized that idea: Michigan's loss will serve as learning experience for Howard, his staff and the players. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "How Michigan basketball's explosive offense was solved by Louisville," 4 Dec. 2019 Alvarez has mostly been silent all summer from the sense of the spoken word, but his actions on social media have verbalized serious displeasure. Manouk Akopyan, Los Angeles Times, "Canelo Alvarez engulfed in a real-life telenovela as he preps to fight Sergey Kovalev," 19 Sep. 2019 Body language said everything that Martinez elected not to verbalize. Avi Creditor,, "The MLS XI, Week 21: Turnarounds Continue for Revs, Earthquakes," 29 July 2019 Carr understands this on some level, but has too much faith in his coaching staff and teammates to verbalize the possibility of failure. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Derek Carr nearly quit football for preacher’s life before rookie season with Raiders," 3 Sep. 2019 Jacobs and Davis, for instance, portray the royal leads as articulate and disciplined people who are fully capable of verbalizing the situation and therefore capable of charting how things are changing. Mike Giuliano,, "Resistance is futile in Shakespeare's 'Love's Labour's Lost' in Ellicott City," 5 July 2019 Oftentimes, survivors of trauma, both adult and child, are reluctant to verbalize their experiences. Sarah Hosseini,, "If your child is showing signs of stress or anxiety, keeping a journal might help," 11 Mar. 2018 Instead, verbalizing my fantasies can allow some privacy and ambiguity while still experimenting with nascent desires. Nona Willis Aronowitz, Teen Vogue, "When Is It Safe to Send a Partner Nude Photos?," 2 May 2019 While verbalizing enjoyment and consent is imperative, paying attention to a partner’s body language is key, too. Gigi Engle, SELF, "We Asked 15 People With Vaginas How to Make Oral Sex Even Better," 11 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of verbalize

1609, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2

History and Etymology for verbalize

verbal entry 1 + -ize, perhaps after French verbaliser

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The first known use of verbalize was in 1609

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10 Mar 2020

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“Verbalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of verbalize

: to express (something) in words : to say (something) in speech or writing

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