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[vur-buh-lahyz] /ˈvɜr bəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), verbalized, verbalizing.
to express in words:
He couldn't verbalize his feelings.
Grammar. to convert into a verb: to verbalize “butter” into “to butter.”.
verb (used without object), verbalized, verbalizing.
to use many words; be verbose.
to express something verbally.
Also, especially British, verbalise.
Origin of verbalize
1600-10; verbal + -ize; compare French verbaliser
Related forms
verbalization, noun
verbalizer, noun
nonverbalized, adjective
unverbalized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for verbalize
  • When they are unable to verbalize pain, objective measurement of their discomfort are possible manifestations of pain.
  • Students will verbalize how they can bring value to their job and their employer through green business practices.
  • The texts were marked for students to stop reading at certain points and verbalize their thinking processes.
  • For example it is believed that if people are not aware of a thought process, they cannot verbalize it.
  • To ensure that eye movement is taking place, the driver should verbalize each hazard that they recognize.
British Dictionary definitions for verbalize


to express (an idea, feeling, etc) in words
to change (any word that is not a verb) into a verb or derive a verb from (any word that is not a verb)
(intransitive) to be verbose
Derived Forms
verbalization, verbalisation, noun
verbalizer, verbaliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for verbalize

c.1600, "use too many words," from French verbaliser (16c.); see verbal. Meaning "express in words" is attested from 1875. Related: Verbalized; verbalizing.

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