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alphabetize

[al-fuh-bi-tahyz] /ˈæl fə bɪˌtaɪz/
verb (used with object), alphabetized, alphabetizing.
1.
to put or arrange in alphabetical order.
2.
to express by or furnish with an alphabet.
Also, especially British, alphabetise.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; alphabet + -ize
Related forms
alphabetization
[al-fuh-bet-uh-zey-shuh n, -bi-tuh-] /ˌæl fəˌbɛt əˈzeɪ ʃən, -bɪ tə-/ (Show IPA),
noun
alphabetizer, noun
misalphabetize, verb (used with object), misalphabetized, misalphabetizing.
unalphabetized, adjective
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Examples from the web for alphabetize
  • alphabetize by arranging files in unit-by-unit order and alphabetically within each unit.
  • Apply alphabetic order to locate words in resources limited ability to alphabetize a given list of words.
  • Take a company that wants to alphabetize a list of thousands of contacts.
  • When two authors have the same last name, alphabetize according to the first names.
  • It is not acceptable to alphabetize the agencies in these sections.
  • Ability to alphabetize, numerically rank, and sort or batch data and/or materials.
  • alphabetize works of multiple references by first author when listed in parentheses.
British Dictionary definitions for alphabetize

alphabetize

/ˈælfəbəˌtaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to arrange in conventional alphabetical order
2.
to express by an alphabet
Derived Forms
alphabetization, alphabetisation, noun
alphabetizer, alphabetiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for alphabetize
v.

1866, from alphabet + -ize. Related: Alphabetized; alphabetizing.

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