apostrophize

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apostrophe +‎ -ize

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apostrophize (third-person singular simple present apostrophizes, present participle apostrophizing, simple past and past participle apostrophized)

  1. 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.
  2. to add one or more apostrophe characters to text to indicate missing letters

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