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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alphabetizer noun

Examples of alphabetize in a Sentence

alphabetize the words on the list
Recent Examples on the Web Ahead of the election, workers can make sure the certificate envelope has all the necessary signatures, sort the ballots into 325 wards and alphabetize them. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "We looked inside the warehouse where the Milwaukee's absentee ballot operation is headquartered and asked key questions," 8 Oct. 2020 Another site, called Candor, keeps a crowdsourced, alphabetized tally of companies that shows who's hiring and who's got a freeze on—for now. Anne Fisher, Fortune, "4 ways to prepare your career to recover from coronavirus," 23 Apr. 2020 All the books are shelved, alphabetized and categorized or put in milk crates for cleaning and wrapping. Max Bell, Los Angeles Times, "Their beautifully curated vintage-book pop-ups were thriving. Along came coronavirus," 23 Apr. 2020 Dozens of file cabinets brimmed with decades-old newspaper clippings, photographs, and scorecards—in some cases alphabetized by players’ last names, in others by year. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "Cuqui Cordova, the Dominican Republic’s Immortal Sports Historian," 12 Mar. 2020 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

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First Known Use of alphabetize

1691, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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