apostrophize

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v apostrophize use an apostrophe
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Apostrophize To address by apostrophe.
    • Apostrophize To contract by omitting a letter or letters; also, to mark with an apostrophe (') or apostrophes.
    • v. i Apostrophize To use the rhetorical figure called apostrophe.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • apostrophize In rhetoric, to address by apostrophe.
    • apostrophize To make an apostrophe or short digressive address in speaking; speak in the manner of an apostrophe.
    • apostrophize Also spelled apostrophise.
    • apostrophize In grammar: To omit a letter or letters. To mark such omission with the sign (').
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
(imp. & p. p.) Apostrophized; (p. pr. & vb. n.) Apostrophizing

Usage

In literature:

Two stanzas of Chinese poetry, in four-syllable lines, of four verses each, with an apostrophe in two four-syllable lines.
"The Religions of Japan" by William Elliot Griffis
The shadows dispersed, and, all playfulness, the Colonel apostrophized his prize, which he succeeded in hitting.
"Bluebell" by Mrs. George Croft Huddleston
The gentleman before me apostrophized the image of Washington.
"Aunt Phillis's Cabin" by Mary H. Eastman
Then he fell to apostrophizing his tackle, and then he grew irritable.
"The Half-Hearted" by John Buchan
The poet comes upon the scene of his first love, and apostrophizes the natural objects about him.
"Frédéric Mistral" by Charles Alfred Downer
In Hoelderlin's ode "An die Hoffnung," he apostrophizes hope as "Holde!
"Types of Weltschmerz in German Poetry" by Wilhelm Alfred Braun
I have many times heard orators apostrophize this beautiful flag which is the emblem of the Nation.
"President Wilson's Addresses" by Woodrow Wilson
What does that apostrophe mean?
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume III. (of X.)" by Various
Frequently as I walked along did I apostrophize myself in terms of the highest approbation.
"The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan" by James Morier
Discuss the uses of the apostrophe.
"Practical English Composition: Book II." by Edwin L. Miller
The branded man apostrophized Godwyn as Moses.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston
Use the apostrophe to mark certain plurals and possessives.
"Practical Grammar and Composition" by Thomas Wood
Most odes have in them something of the nature of an apostrophe.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
CLAN NAMES, TRAITI: Naming convention is one or two letters, an apostrophe, and one or two syllables to form something pronounceable.
"Concordance" by Ann Wilson
I forbear to continue the apostrophe.
"The Romance of Biography (Vol 1 of 2)" by Anna Jameson
The apostrophe was bold, but not original.
"Nuts and Nutcrackers" by Charles James Lever
To her anxious apostrophes, 'Oh, Prue!
"Doctor Cupid" by Rhoda Broughton
But his eyes were on the girl's face instead, and the "pretty creature" seemed an apostrophe to her rather than the bird.
"No Quarter!" by Mayne Reid
Probably the apostrophe, as printed, is a trifle more florid than as delivered, and, therefore, less forcible.
"Abraham Lincoln, Volume 2 (of 2) The True Story of a Great Life" by William H. Herndon Jesse W. Weik
And he used up lots of language of a deep magenta tint, and apostrophized the insects in a style unfit to print.
"Uncle Walt [Walt Mason]" by Walt Mason
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In news:

Like all of you, I've spent this long week noticing the glaring disagreement in how various media outlets apply apostrophes to the current situation with Chicago's teachers.
There aren't too many scholars who truly appreciate the magnificence of apostrophes and what they allow you to do in speaking and writing English.
In fact we tend to take apostrophes for granted.
But apostrophes make speaking and writing so much easier.
A PRINT ad for Poise Hourglass, a new line of bladder protection products from Kimberly-Clark, features the bare back of a woman facing away from the camera, her supple torso assuming the shape of an apostrophe.
Has remained hostile to possessives , stripping Harpers Ferry and Jamestown, among others, of their apostrophes.
It seems the apostrophe is quite often put where it is not needed.
The Apostrophe from SUPER GRAMMAR by Tony Preciado and Rhode Montijo.
On the misuse of apostrophe's (did your eye just twitch?
Make sure you use punctuation correctly, especially the apostroph'e, the hy-phen and the semi;colon.
Why does the lack of an apostrophe matter.
Tis the season for misplaced apostrophes.
As holiday poems, greetings, and lyrics become commonplace expressions, their apostrophes often get battered or shoved aside.
The day of the move came, and I received a Facebook message from him saying "im sorry" (apparently I didn't even deserve an apostrophe).
It's pink, with pink interior stitching, pink metallic trim, the logo's apostrophe is a heart.
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In science:

IV we will touch the question of “maximality” of the mixed state (from now on, let’s omit the apostrophes) in the context of bosonic channels [19, 20] and their generalized lossy and Gaussian relatives .
Continuous variable private quantum channel
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