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parenthesize

[puh-ren-thuh-sahyz] /pəˈrɛn θəˌsaɪz/
verb (used with object), parenthesized, parenthesizing.
1.
to insert (a word, phrase, etc.) as a parenthesis.
2.
to put between marks of parenthesis:
to parenthesize the pronunciation of a word.
3.
to interlard with parenthetic remarks, as a speech.
Also, especially British, parenthesise.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; parenthes(is) + -ize
Related forms
unparenthesized, adjective
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Examples for parenthesize
  • When in doubt about order of evaluation, parenthesize the expression.
  • When using factor transposition it is necessary to parenthesize the product to control the order of evaluation.
British Dictionary definitions for parenthesize

parenthesize

/pəˈrɛnθɪˌsaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to place in parentheses
2.
to insert as a parenthesis
3.
to intersperse (a speech, writing, etc) with parentheses
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