al·​pha·​bet·​ize | \ ˈal-fə-bə-ˌtīz How to pronounce alphabetize (audio) \
alphabetized; alphabetizing

Definition of alphabetize

transitive verb

1 : to arrange alphabetically
2 : to furnish with an alphabet

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Other Words from alphabetize

alphabetizer noun

Examples of alphabetize in a Sentence

alphabetize the words on the list
Recent Examples on the Web Many of the other suggestions in the review are grammatical or related to the format of the measure, such as alphabetizing certain sections. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Arizona marijuana ballot measure will advance with minor changes after review," 9 Sep. 2019 That has to be more rewarding than alphabetizing one’s own shelves filled with other people’s books, one more time. Laura Vanderkam, WSJ, "‘Soon’ Review: Why Tomorrow Can Be Forever," 12 Mar. 2018 Readers should expect an extensive cast and speedy transitions, and take stock of the character index, a helpful 10-page, alphabetized list of everyone in the novel. Weike Wang, New York Times, "A Fictional Heroine’s Fitful Upbringing Is Set Against the Sino-Japanese War," 2 Feb. 2018 Ray Troll’s alphabetized paintings represent living and prehistoric sharks. Carrie Donovan, Washington Post, "Going Out Guide for Maryland, Sept. 7-13, 2017," 6 Sep. 2017 Verdict: Less Evil Henry VIII (King of England, 1509–1547) Henry VIII executed so many people that there’s a whole alphabetized Wikipedia page about it. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Is Cersei Lannister More or Less Evil Than These Infamous Medieval Rulers? An Investigation," 20 Aug. 2017 For simplicity in alphabetizing, schools named after people are listed by last name, except in the case of the potentially confusing Alexander schools (Alexander Graham, J.M. Alexander and Nathaniel Alexander). Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "The CMS assignment review is finally over. What does it mean for your school?," 28 May 2017 The new system will be computer searchable and alphabetized by year. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Denver coroner’s work to digitize autopsy reports dating back to 1920 reveals evidence, heirlooms," 4 Feb. 2017 His are alphabetized in a floor-to-ceiling bookcase in their bedroom. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, "When Couples Fight Over Books," 14 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of alphabetize

1691, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Alphabetize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of alphabetize

: to arrange (items) in alphabetical order


al·​pha·​bet·​ize | \ ˈal-fə-bə-ˌtīz How to pronounce alphabetize (audio) \
alphabetized; alphabetizing

Kids Definition of alphabetize

: to arrange in alphabetical order

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