• WordNet 3.6
    • v verbalize convert into a verb "many English nouns have become verbalized"
    • v verbalize articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise "She expressed her anger","He uttered a curse"
    • v verbalize express in speech "She talks a lot of nonsense","This depressed patient does not verbalize"
    • v verbalize be verbose "This lawyer verbalizes and is rather tedious"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is impossible for anyone to verbally count up to the number 1 trillion
    • v. i Verbalize To be verbose.
    • Verbalize To convert into a verb; to verbify.
    • Verbalize To express in words.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • verbalize To convert into a verb. G. P. Marsh, Lects. on Eng. Lang., viii.
    • verbalize To use many words; be verbose or diffuse.
    • verbalize Also spelled verbalise.
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  • Samuel Goldwyn
    “A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.”
  • Dorothy Nevill
    Dorothy Nevill
    “The commercial class has always mistrusted verbal brilliancy and wit, deeming such qualities, perhaps with some justice, frivolous and unprofitable.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Use non-verbal communication to SOFTEN the hard-line position of others: S = Smile O = Open Posture F = Forward Lean T = Touch E = Eye Contact N = Nod.”
  • W. H. Auden
    “A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become.”
  • W. Clement Stone
    “You affect your subconscious mind by verbal repetition.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. verbaliser,


In literature:

But these were, for the most part, verbal quips and quibbles.
"Pages From an Old Volume of Life A Collection Of Essays" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Or, will it please you send a verbal one?
"The Hunchback" by James Sheridan Knowles
I have neither pen nor paper; well, I will make it verbally!
"Frederick The Great and His Family" by L. Muhlbach
The King of Spain did not confine himself to verbal complaints.
"Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete" by Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
The other stands more obstinately to his point, but, I fear, rather verbally than really.
"The Essays of Montaigne, Complete" by Michel de Montaigne
I am sure you have intellect enough to understand verbal directions.
"To-morrow?" by Victoria Cross
Her verbal apologies followed.
"The Guilty River" by Wilkie Collins
Austen had never verbally arraigned those duties until to-night.
"Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete" by Winston Churchill
On some points, as soon as the decision was made, the law was issued verbally on the spot.
"A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World" by Charles Darwin
Such, however, is the verbal expression of my feeling.
"A Far Country, Complete" by Winston Churchill

In poetry:

It is the only reason why
No government can codify,
And verbal definitions mar
The Hidden Law.
"The Hidden Law" by W H Auden
Who sets for heresy his traps
Of verbal quirk and quibble,
And weeds the garden of the Lord
With Satan's borrowed dibble.
"A Spiritual Manifestation" by John Greenleaf Whittier
“We recognise,” the critics wrote,
“Maupassant’s verve and Heine’s wit;”
Some even made a verbal note
Of Shakespeare being out of it.
"A Ballad Of A Bun" by Sir Owen Seaman
Though Heav'n its helping grace should yield,
Yet merit's still upon the field;
We cast the name, yet still 'tis found
Disclaim'd but with a verbal sound.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
Rho. (Faire one) verball expression cannot shew
What I to thee for this great gift doe owe:
But till for all I full requitall make,
My constant love thou for a pledge shalt take.
"Rhodon And Iris. Act IV" by Ralph Knevet
Up at Wombat Peter Dawking
Held a meeting in the hall,
And he'd spent an hour in talking
On the far-flung Empire's Call,
When a local greybeard, rising, smote him with this verbal brick:
"Are or are yeh not in favour of the bridge across the crick?"
"The Bridge Across the Crick" by C J Dennis

In news:

Before practice Tuesday, the FC Dallas midfielder addressed his teammates in the wake of his verbal confrontation with coach Schellas Hyndman last month in San Jose.
PHOENIX, Arizona, October 24 LATE last night Swimming World reported that Jack Conger made his verbal commitment to attend the University of Texas next fall, giving the Longhorns one of the top recruits in the country.
His mood quickly escalates, and he becomes aggressive toward the other students - at first, verbally, but there is more than a hint of physical intimidation.
Help End Verbal Bullying in Schools.
All politicians make the occasional verbal blunder, but most gaffes rarely determine an election's outcome.
O'Neill acknowledges inconsistencies in his verbal and documented credentials.
The Houston Rockets have reached a verbal agreement with Chicago Bulls restricted free agent Omer Asik on a three-year deal worth $25.1 million, according to sources close to the talks.
Police Chief Cathy Lanier on Disorderly Conduct, Pepin Tuma, and "Verbal Judo".
An educated guess might just contribute to your verbal blunders, and being bilingual could actually get in the way.
Kettering Archbishop Alter QB Malik Zaire , a verbal pledge to Notre Dame, scores five touchdowns in a 49-21 victory over Guerin Catholic in Noblesville, Ind.
They were interested in the overall change, but also in specific abilities such as abstract reasoning and verbal memory.
That law would have required ultrasounds to be performed on women seeking abortions within an hour of the procedure, and a verbal explanation of what the procedure showed to be provided.
Players can learn what's verbally acceptable .
Former ESPN Boston All-State shortstop Brendan Skidmore has verbally committed to Binghamton University for the 2013-14 season, his father Mike told tonight.
An Ore City (Texas) High School student has been charged with posting death threats on a website and verbally threatening to harm students at the school.

In science:

Wilson, Finite index subgroups and verbal subgroups in profinite groups, S´eminaire Bourbaki.
Images of word maps in finite simple groups
It has been shown by Lubotzky in that the set of verbal images of a fixed non-abelian finite simple group G is precisely the set of endomorphism invariant subsets of G.
Images of word maps in almost simple groups and quasisimple groups
Here we use his result to determine the verbal images of certain almost simple groups and quasisimple groups.
Images of word maps in almost simple groups and quasisimple groups
There has recently been much interest and progress in the study of verbal images over finite groups though the topic has grown from work first begun by P.
Images of word maps in almost simple groups and quasisimple groups
All these words are explicitly given and they go on to give other explicit examples of words whose verbal image over a given group is a single automorphism class and the identity.
Images of word maps in almost simple groups and quasisimple groups