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parenthesize

[puh-ren-thuh-sahyz]
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verb (used with object), pa·ren·the·sized, pa·ren·the·siz·ing.
  1. to insert (a word, phrase, etc.) as a parenthesis.
  2. to put between marks of parenthesis: to parenthesize the pronunciation of a word.
  3. to interlard with parenthetic remarks, as a speech.
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Also especially British, pa·ren·the·sise.

Origin of parenthesize

First recorded in 1830–40; parenthes(is) + -ize
Related formsun·pa·ren·the·sized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for parenthesize

parenthesize

parenthesise

verb (tr)
  1. to place in parentheses
  2. to insert as a parenthesis
  3. to intersperse (a speech, writing, etc) with parentheses
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Word Origin and History for parenthesize

v.

1825, from parenthesis + -ize. Related: Parenthesized; parenthesizing.

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