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verb (used with object), al·pha·bet·ized, al·pha·bet·iz·ing.
  1. to put or arrange in alphabetical order.
  2. to express by or furnish with an alphabet.
Also especially British, al·pha·bet·ise.

Origin of alphabetize

First recorded in 1865–70; alphabet + -ize
Related formsal·pha·bet·i·za·tion [al-fuh-bet-uh-zey-shuh n, -bi-tuh-] /ˌæl fəˌbɛt əˈzeɪ ʃən, -bɪ tə-/, nounal·pha·bet·iz·er, nounmis·al·pha·bet·ize, verb (used with object), mis·al·pha·bet·ized, mis·al·pha·bet·iz·ing.un·al·pha·bet·ized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for alphabetize



verb (tr)
  1. to arrange in conventional alphabetical order
  2. to express by an alphabet
Derived Formsalphabetization or alphabetisation, nounalphabetizer or alphabetiser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for alphabetize


1866, from alphabet + -ize. Related: Alphabetized; alphabetizing.

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