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

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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 If your child verbalizes this, you may be tempted to differentiate Sara and Charlie's relationship from your own and to discuss the shifting dynamics in romantic unions. Valerie Frankel, Good Housekeeping, "Answering the Trickiest Questions," 8 June 2012 After it was published, Ms. Anderson visited schools to discuss the story and its main character, Melinda, a freshman who struggles to verbalize her pain after she is raped by an upperclassman at her first high school party. Constance Grady, Vox, "Target is reportedly censoring words like “Nazi” and “queer” from book descriptions," 15 Sep. 2018 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

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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