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verb (used with object), ver·bal·ized, ver·bal·iz·ing.
  1. to express in words: He couldn't verbalize his feelings.
  2. Grammar. to convert into a verb: to verbalize “butter” into “to butter.”
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verb (used without object), ver·bal·ized, ver·bal·iz·ing.
  1. to use many words; be verbose.
  2. to express something verbally.
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Also especially British, ver·bal·ise.

Origin of verbalize

1600–10; verbal + -ize; compare French verbaliser
Related formsver·bal·i·za·tion, nounver·bal·iz·er, nounnon·ver·bal·ized, adjectiveun·ver·bal·ized, adjective
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Related Words for verbalization

enunciation, tone, communication, prose, jargon, diction, intercourse, discussion, accent, discourse, idiom, pronunciation, palaver, speaking, dialect, dialogue, articulation, voicing, spiel, vocalization

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Historical Examples of verbalization

  • We must not associate question-asking exclusively with verbalization.

    Herein is Love

    Reuel L. Howe

  • As stated by Binet, it is a test of the “verbalization of color perception.”

  • Mention has been made of the process of 'verbalization' as applied to common misdemeanours.

British Dictionary definitions for verbalization



  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. (intr) to be verbose
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Derived Formsverbalization or verbalisation, nounverbalizer or verbaliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for verbalization



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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