Definition of verbalize in English:

verbalize

(also verbalise)

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Express (ideas or feelings) in words, especially by speaking out loud:

    ‘they are unable to verbalize their real feelings’
    • ‘Likely, your parents were raised in homes where love wasn't verbalized so they're not used to saying, ‘I love you.’’
    • ‘That's where I am at the moment, so bear with me while I try to verbalize this current idea.’
    • ‘We can easily envision a professor like Robert verbalizing his irritation with students and the university administration.’
    • ‘I verbalise my shame in mocking his tears before and I think I regained the points I lost earlier.’
    • ‘Absent parents may express feelings of rejection if their children verbalize positive feelings for the stepparent.’
    • ‘As the patient was allowed to verbalize these feelings, she agreed to some behavioral interventions to help with the problem.’
    • ‘Jade stopped, silent for a few moments as she tried to find the best way to verbalize her feelings.’
    • ‘Hayek's achievement was to verbalize the idea of a ‘universal order of peace.’’
    • ‘As I verbalise my thoughts, I realise how judgmental and awful they are.’
    • ‘It's worthless to parade my BA in politics if I can't even verbalise my own opinions.’
    • ‘Many of my students were too stressed to verbalize their feelings.’
    • ‘This model can be used with children who have developed skills and can verbalize their feelings, usually age three or older.’
    • ‘Her allusion to Islam is based on an effort to verbalise the thoughts and emotions arising from her deeply personal Islamic faith.’
    • ‘Give the person time to talk and encourage her/him to verbalize feelings.’
    • ‘The Rainbows programme is a way of providing the emotional stability that the children need to verbalise their feelings.’
    • ‘Younger toddlers are unable to verbalize their feelings, and their behaviors may regress after the new child is born.’
    • ‘It is difficult for me to verbalize my feelings for you, because mere words can't begin to express my deep love.’
    • ‘Clay modelling and mask making were used to verbalise anger.’
    • ‘At times, a teacher must intervene to check and control a child's impulse, or to help a child verbalize a feeling.’
    • ‘Members of dysfunctional families tend to either withhold or not verbalize their feelings, wants, likes, and dislikes with each other.’
    oral, spoken, said, uttered, articulated, expressed, stated, verbalized, vocal, unwritten, by mouth, word-of-mouth
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  • 2[no object] Speak, especially at length and with little real content:

    ‘the dangers of verbalizing about art’
    • ‘‘Oh dear,’ he verbalized as he came up beside Dale.’
    • ‘Terri no longer attempted to verbalize back to me when I spoke to her.’
    • ‘Ever catch yourself thinking or - even worse - verbalizing.’
    • ‘Teachers can verbalize as they choose, use, and monitor their reading strategies.’
    • ‘Some subjects who verbalized poorly gave crucial, pertinent material once encouraged to talk freely.’
    • ‘Doing that is as simple as wishing, concentrating, or verbalizing.’
  • 3Make (a word, especially a noun) into a verb.

Pronunciation

verbalize

/ˈvəːb(ə)lʌɪz/