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

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

: to name or express in words
: to convert into a verb
verbalization noun
verbalizer 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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Word History


verbal entry 1 + -ize, perhaps after French verbaliser

First Known Use

1609, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of verbalize was in 1609

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“Verbalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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ver·​bal·​ize ˈvər-bə-ˌlīz How to pronounce verbalize (audio)
verbalized; verbalizing
: to express in words
found it difficult to verbalize her feelings

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