Definition of apostrophize in English:


Line breaks: apos¦tro|phize
Pronunciation: /əˈpɒstrəfʌɪz
(also apostrophise)


[with object]
  • 1 Rhetoric Address an exclamatory passage in a speech or poem to (someone or something): it isn’t just any poet who could apostrophize his clapped-out van
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    • In lyrics, I would claim, this possibility of address reveals a fundamental structure - whether the poem actually apostrophizes anyone or anything.
    • Both frequently apostrophize unidentified addressees, and both manipulate pronouns in intriguing ways, but his lyrics imply mundane, domestic situations.
    • Lucy apostrophizes the elements as her demonic foe.
  • 2Punctuate (a word) with an apostrophe: pupils claimed that had been taught to apostrophize plurals
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    • Personally I think there is a case for omitting the apostrophe when the word which might be apostrophised describes, either on its own or as part of a compound adjective, what sort of noun it is, rather than who it belongs to.
    • I hate when I apostrophize words incorrectly and there is no edit feature.
    • I didn't apostrophize my plurals in my post.

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