- 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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Examples from the Web for verbalize
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In trying to explain and verbalize their shock, many British Jews made reference, in some way or another, to the Blood Libel.A 10-Point Guide To Anti-Semitism And Its Perception
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They wont have to wait for the Council to verbalize a measure.The Variable Man
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It was getting tiresome to try to verbalize something she only felt.Omnilingual
H. Beam Piper
It is induced in his hearers, and they verbalize it, re-enforcing it in themselves and in him.Naudsonce
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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 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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