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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.
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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Examples from the Web for parenthesized

Historical Examples

  • “If that is the way you usually address her,” he parenthesized.

    Max Carrados

    Ernest Bramah

  • When a wholly detached expression or sentence is parenthesized, the final stop comes before the last mark of parenthesis.

    The Elements of Style

    William Strunk


British Dictionary definitions for parenthesized

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 parenthesized

parenthesize

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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