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

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

Pronunciation

verbalize

/ˈvəːb(ə)lʌɪz/