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

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 The show’s best songs are the ones where characters verbalize their internal monologues, the kind of stand-alone universal expressions of love or anguish that Broadway vocalists like to put in their cabaret shows. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 4 Aug. 2022 Take time every day to notice and verbalize appreciation for contributions both great and small. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 23 May 2022 And it’s not the kind of thing this group can verbalize. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2022 That includes conversations from an early age about how to identify and verbalize one’s feelings, to skills and strategies that kids can use in a moment of crisis. Seamus Mcavoy,, 13 Feb. 2022 One way to do that is to verbalize the item’s location. Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2021 Although casually tossed around within running vernacular as a synonym for determination, sisu is a notoriously difficult concept to verbalize, and harder still to translate from Finnish into any other language. Outside Online, 27 Apr. 2021 Nate does verbalize those feelings of abandonment to Ted. Danielle Turchiano, Variety, 8 Oct. 2021 Toddlers over 26 months, who could verbalize about the event at the time, recalled it up to five years later, whereas those under 26 months, who could not talk about it, recalled little or nothing. Jeanne Shinskey, CNN, 13 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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“Verbalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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