Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To address by or speak or write in apostrophe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to use the apostrophe figure of speech in writing or speech
  • v. to add one or more apostrophe characters to text to indicate missing letters

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To use the rhetorical figure called apostrophe.
  • transitive v. To address by apostrophe.
  • transitive v. To contract by omitting a letter or letters; also, to mark with an apostrophe (') or apostrophes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In rhetoric, to address by apostrophe.
  • To make an apostrophe or short digressive address in speaking; speak in the manner of an apostrophe.
  • Also spelled apostrophise.
  • In grammar: To omit a letter or letters. To mark such omission with the sign (').

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. use an apostrophe

Etymologies

apostrophe +‎ -ize (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He would have stopped all work to beg for extra pay at the merest suggestion of such a thing; but as it was he raised both fists and lapsed into his own tongue to apostrophize the ruffian who dared jostle King.

    In The Time Of Light

  • She had, therefore, no sooner formed the hasty conclusion, that the individual in question belonged to this obnoxious class, than she resumed her former occupation, and continued to soliloquize and apostrophize her absent handmaidens, without even appearing sensible of his presence.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • The first begins with a Prologue that introduces a mysterious robed and cowled astrologer in some ancient structure with a zodiac chart on the ground and no ceiling so he can apostrophize grandiloquently to the stars.

    HORRORSCOPE #1: THE GREEN FLAMES OF ARIES by Robert Lory

  • And consequently the surface of the hill began to disappear, and there were chasms in the orad, which caused those who travelled on wheels to sit still, staring across with angry eyes, and sometimes to apostrophize the doer of these deeds with very naughty words.

    Castle Richmond

  • They say in his sadder vicissitudes he used sometimes to apostrophize fortune in the words of Aeschylus

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • Women are always to seem to be this and that — yet virtue might apostrophize them, in the words of Hamlet — Seems!

    A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

  • I am aware my English version is tame and insipid, though, perhaps, not quite as much so as a translation I once met with of the sentence with which it was said Timoleon, Duc de Brissac, used to apostrophize himself before the looking-glass every morning.

    Lands of the Slave and the Free Cuba, the United States, and Canada

  • I had by this time returned to the fireplace, and, reseating myself, began to apostrophize my magnificent black Newfoundland, who, having partaken of my dinner, was following the advice and example of Abernethy, and sleeping on the rug, as it digested.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 10, No. 270, August 25, 1827

  • Truly we might apostrophize Freedom in the words of the Hebrew prophet: "Who is this that cometh with her garments dyed in blood?"

    The Power of Womanhood, or Mothers and Sons A Book For Parents, And Those In Loco Parentis

  • Frequently as I walked along did I apostrophize myself in terms of the highest approbation.

    The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan

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