apos·​tro·​phize | \ ə-ˈpä-strə-ˌfīz How to pronounce apostrophize (audio) \
apostrophized; apostrophizing

Definition of apostrophize

transitive verb

: to address by or in apostrophe

intransitive verb

: to make use of apostrophe

Examples of apostrophize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both thereby apostrophize America’s original sin and permanent crisis: the otherizing of the not white, regardless of gradations. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 16 Sep. 2019 Schumer brings this to life with the exemplary comedic device of self-apostrophizing asides, in which Emily brandishes her self-esteem to herself as if to compensate for its absence. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 11 May 2017

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First Known Use of apostrophize

1676, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for apostrophize

apostrophe entry 2 + -ize

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“Apostrophize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apostrophize. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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