verb (used without object), a·pos·tro·phized, a·pos·tro·phiz·ing.
  1. to utter an apostrophe.
Also especially British, a·pos·tro·phise.

Origin of apostrophize

First recorded in 1605–15; apostrophe2 + -ize
Related formsun·a·pos·tro·phized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for apostrophise

Historical Examples of apostrophise

  • But it's not worth your while to apostrophise me, or the air, about it; what you want to do, you do.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • It is this statue which immigrants, on their way to Ellis Island, are wont to apostrophise.

    American Sketches

    Charles Whibley

  • It is difficult in such poetry not to apostrophise one's subject as Whitman did.

    The Silent Isle

    Arthur Christopher Benson

  • But, what is this rubbing against me, as I apostrophise Madame Doche?

    Reprinted Pieces

    Charles Dickens

  • Finally he rushed to the door, from the threshold of which he began to apostrophise his friend with excited gestures.

    The Grandee

    Armando Palacio Valds

British Dictionary definitions for apostrophise



  1. (tr) rhetoric to address an apostrophe to
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