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verbalize

[vur-buh-lahyz] /ˈvɜr bəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), verbalized, verbalizing.
1.
to express in words:
He couldn't verbalize his feelings.
2.
Grammar. to convert into a verb: to verbalize “butter” into “to butter.”.
verb (used without object), verbalized, verbalizing.
3.
to use many words; be verbose.
4.
to express something verbally.
Also, especially British, verbalise.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; verbal + -ize; compare French verbaliser
Related forms
verbalization, noun
verbalizer, noun
nonverbalized, adjective
unverbalized, adjective
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Examples 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

verbalize

/ˈvɜːbəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
to express (an idea, feeling, etc) in words
2.
to change (any word that is not a verb) into a verb or derive a verb from (any word that is not a verb)
3.
(intransitive) to be verbose
Derived Forms
verbalization, verbalisation, noun
verbalizer, verbaliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for verbalize
verbalize
1609, "use too many words," from Fr. verbaliser (16c.); see verbal. Meaning "express in words" is attested from 1875.
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