parenthesize

[ puh-ren-thuh-sahyz ]
/ pəˈrɛn θəˌsaɪz /

verb (used with object), pa·ren·the·sized, pa·ren·the·siz·ing.

to insert (a word, phrase, etc.) as a parenthesis.
to put between marks of parenthesis: to parenthesize the pronunciation of a word.
to interlard with parenthetic remarks, as a speech.

Nearby words

  1. parenteral,
  2. parenteric fever,
  3. parentese,
  4. parentheses,
  5. parenthesis,
  6. parenthetical,
  7. parenthood,
  8. parenticide,
  9. parenting,
  10. parentless

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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British Dictionary definitions for parenthesize

parenthesize

parenthesise

/ (pəˈrɛnθɪˌsaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to place in parentheses
to insert as a parenthesis
to intersperse (a speech, writing, etc) with parentheses
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Word Origin and History for parenthesize

parenthesize

v.

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

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