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[al-fuh-bi-tahyz] /ˈæl fə bɪˌtaɪz/
verb (used with object), alphabetized, alphabetizing.
to put or arrange in alphabetical order.
to express by or furnish with an alphabet.
Origin of alphabetize
1865-70; alphabet + -ize
Related forms
[al-fuh-bet-uh-zey-shuh n, -bi-tuh-] /ˌæl fəˌbɛt əˈzeɪ ʃən, -bɪ tə-/ (Show IPA),
alphabetizer, noun
misalphabetize, verb (used with object), misalphabetized, misalphabetizing.
unalphabetized, adjective Unabridged
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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


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

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

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