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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from verbalize

verbalization \ ˌvər-​bə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce verbalize (audio) \ noun
verbalizer \ ˈvər-​bə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce verbalize (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 Deputy James Montiel fatally shot her son, Salaythis Melvin, in the back, as the 22-year-old ran away from the plain-clothed deputy in the Florida Mall parking lot, still unable to verbalize his violent death. Grace Toohey,, 1 May 2021 His father had designed a universal alphabet to represent the mechanics of articulation, and Alexander Graham Bell lectured widely on its importance, certain that anyone would be able to verbalize any language transliterated into these symbols. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2021 Social workers had a particularly hard time connecting parents with babies and toddlers who couldn’t verbalize who their parents were. Globe Staff,, 6 Feb. 2021 The linemen are now just as willing as their position coach to verbalize their displeasure. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2020 As a child ages, their ability to verbalize their fears and worries typically matures. Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2020 And having to verbalize bodily concerns to a doctor who can’t touch or examine a patient up close can be a source of discomfort. Marion Renault, The Atlantic, 6 Aug. 2020 But across the table, Silas verbalized the message his father often preaches to him. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, 14 Feb. 2020 Sharing feelings with others, just the act of verbalizing those feelings will reduce their intensity. Arash Javanbakht, The Conversation, 27 Mar. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'verbalize.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About verbalize

Time Traveler for verbalize

Time Traveler

The first known use of verbalize was in 1609

See more words from the same year

Statistics for verbalize

Last Updated

12 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Verbalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for verbalize



English Language Learners Definition of verbalize

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

More from Merriam-Webster on verbalize

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for verbalize

Nglish: Translation of verbalize for Spanish Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Return of Name that Color!

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!