- to express in words: He couldn't verbalize his feelings.
- Grammar. to convert into a verb: to verbalize “butter” into “to butter.”
- to use many words; be verbose.
- to express something verbally.
Also especially British, ver·bal·ise.
Origin of verbalize
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- 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)
- (intr) to be verbose
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Word Origin and History for verbalise
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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