Definition of verbalize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvərbəˌlīz/


1 [with object] Express (ideas or feelings) in words, especially by speaking out loud: they are unable to verbalize their real feelings
More example sentences
  • Younger toddlers are unable to verbalize their feelings, and their behaviors may regress after the new child is born.
  • The Rainbows programme is a way of providing the emotional stability that the children need to verbalise their feelings.
  • Hayek's achievement was to verbalize the idea of a ‘universal order of peace.’
2 [no object] Speak, especially at excessive length and with little real content: the dangers of verbalizing about art
More example sentences
  • Terri no longer attempted to verbalize back to me when I spoke to her.
  • Ever catch yourself thinking or - even worse - verbalizing.
  • Doing that is as simple as wishing, concentrating, or verbalizing.
3 [with object] Make (a word, especially a noun) into a verb.



Example sentences
  • If it were merely my verbalisable representation of myself, then it would not be a field event but an intrapsychic one.
  • Less direct interfaces cause the user to build a more verbalisable and transferable body of knowledge about the domain.
  • Although this effect is very robust, nearly all of the extant research has used verbal or readily verbalisable stimuli.


Pronunciation: /ˌvərbələˈzāSH(ə)n/
Pronunciation: /ˌvərbəˌlīˈzāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • This results in greater verbalisation, and thus children become fluent in a language much sooner than adults.
  • The values expressed in parental behavior and verbalizations are an important contribution to prosocial behavior.
  • Indeed, verbalization is not just the expression of inner thoughts and ideas.


Example sentences
  • She could also be a witty verbalizer and inventor of far-fetched movement riddles.
  • Always the streetwise signifying verbalizer, Madhubuti offers biting and humorous critiques.

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Syllabification: ver·bal·ize

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