The formation of concept from something is "conceptualize". But what about the formation of word from concept?

I can only think of bad substitutions like: "materialize from concepts" or even "wordify".

As a bonus, it would be even better if your suggestion originates from Cognitive Psychology, Psychology, or Philosophy.

Edit: What about specifically in the sense that "an abstract idea (conceptual meaning) becomes a concrete representation (lexical form)"?

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In simple terms, to turn your ideas into expressions, you verbalize them. Except when you are "lost for words".
verbalize (ODOL)

(British verbalise)
[with object]
1 Express (ideas or feelings) in words, especially by speaking out loud.
they are unable to verbalize their real feelings

  • Hi it helps, but what about in the sense that "an abstract idea becomes a concrete representation". Does "verbalize" the transformation from conceptual meaning to "lexical form"?
    – Sean
    Apr 20, 2018 at 8:06
  • @Sean Ideas are abstract, in contrast to lexical entities that may be considered concrete.
    – Kris
    Apr 20, 2018 at 8:26
  • @Kris Yes. There are different grades of concrete. Apr 20, 2018 at 8:31

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