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alphabetize

al·pha·bet·ize

alphabetize

 
pronunciation:
ael f b taIz
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: alphabetized, alphabetizes, alphabetizing
definition: to arrange according to the standard order of an alphabet.
The school alphabetizes the students' names for the class lists.
derivations: alphabetization (n.), alphabetizer (n.)
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The word alphabetize contains the following part:
-ize, -ise Greek verb-forming suffix that means to turn into or cause to be
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The suffix -ize , -ise forms transitive verbs from adjectives (civilize ) and nouns (crystallize ). The oldest English verbs ending in -ize were loanwords from Greek (baptize , catechize ).