alphabetize

[ al-fuh-bi-tahyz ]
/ ˈæl fə bɪˌtaɪz /

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.

Nearby words

  1. alpha-tocopherol,
  2. alphabet,
  3. alphabet code,
  4. alphabet soup,
  5. alphabetical,
  6. alphanumeric,
  7. alphavirus,
  8. alpheus,
  9. alphitomancy,
  10. alphonse

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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British Dictionary definitions for alphabetize

alphabetize

alphabetise

/ (ˈælfəbəˌtaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to arrange in conventional alphabetical order
to express by an alphabet
Derived Formsalphabetization or alphabetisation, nounalphabetizer or alphabetiser, noun

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Word Origin and History for alphabetize

alphabetize

v.

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

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