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alphabetize

[ al-fuh-bi-tahyz ]
/ ˈæl fə bɪˌtaɪz /
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verb (used with object), al·pha·bet·ized, al·pha·bet·iz·ing.

to put or arrange in alphabetical order.
to express by or furnish with an alphabet.

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Also especially British, al·pha·bet·ise .

Origin of alphabetize

First recorded in 1865–70; alphabet + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM alphabetize

al·pha·bet·i·za·tion [al-fuh-bet-uh-zey-shuhn, -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

alphabetize

alphabetise

/ (ˈælfəbəˌtaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to arrange in conventional alphabetical order
to express by an alphabet

Derived forms of alphabetize

alphabetization or alphabetisation, nounalphabetizer or alphabetiser, noun
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