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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for parenthesized

Historical Examples of parenthesized

  • “If that is the way you usually address her,” he parenthesized.

    Max Carrados

    Ernest Bramah

  • When a wholly detached expression or sentence is parenthesized, the final stop comes before the last mark of parenthesis.

    The Elements of Style

    William Strunk

British Dictionary definitions for parenthesized



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 parenthesized



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper