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verb (used with object), al·pha·bet·ized, al·pha·bet·iz·ing.
  1. to put or arrange in alphabetical order.
  2. 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
Related formsal·pha·bet·i·za·tion [al-fuh-bet-uh-zey-shuh n, -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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Related Words

systematize, order, index

British Dictionary definitions for alphabetize



verb (tr)
  1. to arrange in conventional alphabetical order
  2. to express by an alphabet
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Derived Formsalphabetization or alphabetisation, nounalphabetizer or alphabetiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for alphabetize


1866, from alphabet + -ize. Related: Alphabetized; alphabetizing.

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