a) To use the apostrophe figure of speech in writing or speech

(c1850): "You little thought,” said Mr. Pumblechook, apostrophizing the fowl in the dish, “when you was a young fledgling, what was in store for you. Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens.

b) To add one or more apostrophe characters to text to indicate missing letters.

(1894): "...she resumed her former occupation, and continued to soliloquize and apostrophize her absent handmaidens, without even appearing sensible of his presence. St.Ronans Well, by Sir Walter Scott.

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  • Apostrophize — A*pos tro*phize, v. t., [imp. & p. p. {Apostrophized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Apostrophizing}.] 1. To address by apostrophe. [1913 Webster] 2. To contract by omitting a letter or letters; also, to mark with an apostrophe ( ) or apostrophes. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Apostrophize — A*pos tro*phize, v. i. To use the rhetorical figure called apostrophe. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • apostrophize — (Amer.) a pos·tro·phize || faɪz v. add an apostrophe, use an apostrophe; pause and speak to (person who is not present or imaginary person, thing, etc.), apostrophise …   English contemporary dictionary

  • apostrophize — [ə päs′trəfīz΄] vt., vi. apostrophized, apostrophizing to speak or write an apostrophe (to) …   English World dictionary

  • apostrophize — verb ( phized; phizing) Date: 1718 transitive verb to address by or in apostrophe intransitive verb to make use of apostrophe …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • apostrophize — /euh pos treuh fuyz /, v., apostrophized, apostrophizing. Rhet. v.t. 1. to address by apostrophe. v.i. 2. to utter an apostrophe. Also, esp. Brit., apostrophise. [1605 15; APOSTROPHE2 + IZE] * * * …   Universalium

  • apostrophize — or apostrophise ə pɒstrəfʌɪz verb 1》 Rhetoric address with an exclamatory passage. 2》 punctuate with an apostrophe …   English new terms dictionary

  • apostrophize — apos·tro·phize …   English syllables

  • apostrophize — a•pos•tro•phize [[t]əˈpɒs trəˌfaɪz[/t]] v. phized, phiz•ing 1) rht to address by apostrophe 2) rht to declaim an apostrophe • Etymology: 1605–15 …   From formal English to slang

  • apostrophize — verb use an apostrophe • Syn: ↑apostrophise • Derivationally related forms: ↑apostrophe (for: ↑apostrophise), ↑apostrophe • Hypernyms: ↑write …   Useful english dictionary

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