from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To express in words.
  • transitive v. Grammar To convert to use as a verb: verbalized the noun contact.
  • intransitive v. To express oneself in words.
  • intransitive v. To be verbose.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To speak or to use words to express.
  • v. To adapt a word of another part of speech as a verb.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To be verbose.
  • transitive v. To convert into a verb; to verbify.
  • transitive v. To express in words.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To convert into a verb. G. P. Marsh, Lects. on Eng. Lang., viii.
  • To use many words; be verbose or diffuse.
  • Also spelled verbalise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. convert into a verb
  • v. express in speech
  • v. be verbose
  • v. articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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