I think I'm looking for a verb here.

It's something similar in sense to when one would say 'I'll annotate it'; they're taking a given text and adding meaning to it. I'm trying to say I will convert it to a specific style.

  • The word I would use here is summarize
    – Othya
    Aug 12, 2016 at 14:12
  • "I'm trying to say I will convert it to a specific style." In this case, that is exactly what you should say: "I will convert it to a bullet-list style." Not everything has a word for it.
    – cobaltduck
    Aug 12, 2016 at 14:16
  • Bulletpointationize falutes very highly. Aug 12, 2016 at 14:26
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    @JohnLawler funny you mention that... although not technically English, my old boss used to ask me to "bullet-point" emails or the like.
    – Othya
    Aug 12, 2016 at 14:27
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    There is no word for "making a paragraph into bullet points". You can substitute bullet points for a paragraph. You can write bullet points based on a paragraph. You create bullet points from a paragraph. The word is not summarize. And like most questions of the type: what is the word for x, there isn't one. Just write the idea is my advice.
    – Lambie
    Aug 12, 2016 at 14:40

2 Answers 2


Verbs itemize and list each work here.

You are creating a list of things that were covered in the paragraph.

Verb: itemize 'I-tu,mIz

Specify individually

"She itemized the many obstacles she had encountered";

  • enumerate, recite, itemise [Brit]

Place on a list of items

"itemize one's tax deductions";

  • itemise [Brit]

-- WordWeb Online

Verb: list list

Give or make a list of; name individually; give the names of

"List the states west of the Mississippi";

  • name

Include in a list

"Am I listed in your register?"


"We must list the names of the great mathematicians";

  • number

-- WordWeb Online


How about udumbrate?

adumbrate verb

to produce a faint image or resemblance of; to outline or sketch

Source: Dictionary.com

  • I didn't downvote, but I don't think this word is appropriate here. OP is asking a fairly specific question.
    – Othya
    Aug 12, 2016 at 14:27
  • It's not right, but it's my "word of the day", so thanks. Aug 12, 2016 at 16:29
  • @Othya I appreciate that; thank you. But I don't see how it doesn't fit. I know it's not perfect, but I don't think it's completely off-track.
    – Dog Lover
    Aug 13, 2016 at 1:48

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