alphabetize (v.) 1866, from ALPHABET (Cf. alphabet) + -IZE (Cf. -ize). Related: Alphabetized; alphabetizing.

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  • Alphabetize — Al pha*bet*ize, v. t. 1. To arrange alphabetically; as, to alphabetize a list of words. [1913 Webster] 2. To furnish with an alphabet. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • alphabetize — index tabulate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • alphabetize — (Amer.) v. arrange according to alphabetical order (also alphabetise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • alphabetize — [v] place in order of a writing system index, order, systematize; concept 84 …   New thesaurus

  • alphabetize — [al′fə bə tīz΄] vt. alphabetized, alphabetizing 1. to arrange in alphabetical order 2. to express by or provide with an alphabet alphabetization [al′fəbet΄i zā′shən] n. alphabetizer n …   English World dictionary

  • alphabetize — UK [ˈælfəbetaɪz] / US [ˈælfəbeˌtaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms alphabetize : present tense I/you/we/they alphabetize he/she/it alphabetizes present participle alphabetizing past tense alphabetized past participle alphabetized to put a list in… …   English dictionary

  • alphabetize — alphabet ► NOUN ▪ an ordered set of letters or symbols used to represent the basic speech sounds of a language. DERIVATIVES alphabetize (also alphabetise) verb. ORIGIN from Greek alpha and b ta, the first two letters of the Greek alphabet …   English terms dictionary

  • alphabetize — transitive verb ( ized; izing) Date: 1691 1. to arrange alphabetically 2. to furnish with an alphabet • alphabetizer noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • alphabetize — alphabetization /al feuh bet euh zay sheuhn, bi teuh /, n. alphabetizer, n. /al feuh bi tuyz /, v.t., alphabetized, alphabetizing. 1. to put or arrange in alphabetical order. 2. to express by or furnish with an alphabet. Also, esp. Brit.,… …   Universalium

  • alphabetize — verb To arrange items (i.e. words) in order of the first (and subsequent) letters as they appear in the alphabet …   Wiktionary

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