ver·​bal·​ize | \ˈvər-bə-ˌlīz \
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 \ noun
verbalizer \ ˈvər-​bə-​ˌlī-​zər \ 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

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Threats to school and student safety (whether verbalized to others, posted online, or written) will always be thoroughly and immediately investigated. Keith Bierygolick,, "Why there was an increased police presence at Mason Schools today," 5 Mar. 2018 The hospital system is also testing the G6 system as a replacement for frequent finger pricks in patients who can’t verbalize. Bradley J. Fikes,, "Quincy the San Diego Zoo's diabetic koala, gets help from Dexcom," 25 June 2018 The problem with all of this is that our reluctance to use, to verbalize those six letters misses a very important point: Some things are racist. Michael Harriot, The Root, "10 Euphemisms for ‘Racist’ That Won’t Hurt White People’s Feelings," 7 June 2018 Most of us have internalized the demands, hearing the productivity drumbeat in our minds even in moments where others are not overtly verbalizing. Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, "3 ways to boost your productivity," 2 June 2018 The new policy requires officers to verbalize their reason for turning off the microphone. NBC News, "Sacramento police unveil new body cam policy after deadly shooting, protests," 11 Apr. 2018 Speakers of English and Italian verbalized thanks significantly more often than speakers of the other languages sampled, but still quite infrequently — in only one of seven instances where a request was complied with. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, "Think You Always Say Thank You? Oh, Please," 22 May 2018 The new policy requires officers to verbalize their reason for turning off the microphone. NBC News, "Sacramento police unveil new body cam policy after deadly shooting, protests," 11 Apr. 2018 But with nearly everyone online, and hardly anyone actually verbalizing words to each other in real life, this form of social media has become the primary means of communication. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Nick Clark Windo’s The Feed is highly relevant after the Cambridge Analytica fiasco," 25 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of verbalize

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

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