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[uh-pos-truh-fahyz] /əˈpɒs trəˌfaɪz/ Rhetoric
verb (used with object), apostrophized, apostrophizing.
to address by apostrophe.
verb (used without object), apostrophized, apostrophizing.
to utter an apostrophe.
Also, especially British, apostrophise.
Origin of apostrophize
First recorded in 1605-15; apostrophe2 + -ize
Related forms
unapostrophized, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for apostrophise
Historical Examples
  • But it's not worth your while to apostrophise me, or the air, about it; what you want to do, you do.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • It is this statue which immigrants, on their way to Ellis Island, are wont to apostrophise.

    American Sketches Charles Whibley
  • It is difficult in such poetry not to apostrophise one's subject as Whitman did.

    The Silent Isle

    Arthur Christopher Benson
  • But, what is this rubbing against me, as I apostrophise Madame Doche?

    Reprinted Pieces Charles Dickens
  • Finally he rushed to the door, from the threshold of which he began to apostrophise his friend with excited gestures.

    The Grandee

    Armando Palacio Valds
  • From Kew he turned to the great guardsman, and taking him by the coat began to apostrophise him.

    The Newcomes William Makepeace Thackeray
  • He paused before the absurd epitome to apostrophise, wagged a finger at it, and got wag for wag.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • I took the liberty of transposing three pronouns from the first person to the second, so as to apostrophise our Boche brethren.

  • But, suddenly he turned his head and in a fit of paternal indignation began to apostrophise young Angiolo Mascara.

British Dictionary definitions for apostrophise


(transitive) (rhetoric) to address an apostrophe to
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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