- To use the apostrophe figure of speech in writing or speech.
1860, Charles Dickens, Great Expectations:
- "You little thought,” said Mr. Pumblechook, apostrophizing the fowl in the dish, “when you was a young fledgling, what was in store for you.
1823, Sir Walter Scott., St. Ronan's Well:
- ...she resumed her former occupation, and continued to soliloquize and apostrophize her absent handmaidens, without even appearing sensible of his presence.
- To add one or more apostrophe characters to text to indicate missing letters.
to use the apostrophe in writing or speech