[ vur-buh-lahyz ]
/ ˈvɜr bəˌlaɪz /

verb (used with object), ver·bal·ized, ver·bal·iz·ing.

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), ver·bal·ized, ver·bal·iz·ing.

to use many words; be verbose.
to express something verbally.


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Also especially British, ver·bal·ise.

Origin of verbalize

1600–10; verbal + -ize; compare French verbaliser


ver·bal·i·za·tion, nounver·bal·iz·er, nounnon·ver·bal·ized, adjectiveun·ver·bal·ized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for verbalize

  • Whether she can verbalize it or not, family does seemingly come first.

  • It is induced in his hearers, and they verbalize it, re-enforcing it in themselves and in him.

    Naudsonce|H. Beam Piper
  • It was getting tiresome to try to verbalize something she only felt.

    Omnilingual|H. Beam Piper
  • They wont have to wait for the Council to verbalize a measure.

    The Variable Man|Philip K. Dick

British Dictionary definitions for verbalize



/ (ˈvɜːbəˌlaɪz) /


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

Derived forms of verbalize

verbalization or verbalisation, nounverbalizer or verbaliser, noun
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