intransitive verb-·phized·, -·phiz·ing
to speak or write an apostrophe (to)
tr. & intr.v.a·pos·tro·phized, a·pos·tro·phiz·ing, a·pos·tro·phiz·es
To address by or speak or write in apostrophe.
(third-person singular simple present apostrophizes, present participle apostrophizing, simple past and past participle apostrophized)
- to use the apostrophe figure of speech in writing or speech
- (c1850): "You little thought,” said Mr. Pumblechook, apostrophizing the fowl in the dish, “when you was a young fledgling, what was in store for you. Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens.
- (1894): "...she resumed her former occupation, and continued to soliloquize and apostrophize her absent handmaidens, without even appearing sensible of his presence. St.Ronan's Well, by Sir Walter Scott.
- to add one or more apostrophe characters to text to indicate missing letters
apostrophe + -ize