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verb (used with object), a·pos·tro·phized, a·pos·tro·phiz·ing.
  1. to address by apostrophe.
verb (used without object), a·pos·tro·phized, a·pos·tro·phiz·ing.
  1. to utter an apostrophe.
Also especially British, a·pos·tro·phise.

Origin of apostrophize

First recorded in 1605–15; apostrophe2 + -ize
Related formsun·a·pos·tro·phized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for apostrophize

Historical Examples

  • With thoughts like these, however un-novel, I apostrophize 'My Boy:'

    The Knickerbocker, Vol. 10, No. 5, November 1837


  • So vivid was this impression, that it impelled him to apostrophize the statue.

  • Frequently as I walked along did I apostrophize myself in terms of the highest approbation.

  • Often he would take this picture out and apostrophize it, just as he would the uncut gems that he always carried in his pockets.

  • He worshiped what he called thoughts, would rave about a thought in the abstract, apostrophize an uncaught idea.

    Home Again

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for apostrophize



  1. (tr) rhetoric to address an apostrophe to
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