Definitions

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  • v. To place text in parentheses.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make a parenthesis of; to include within parenthetical marks.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To express or insert as a parenthesis; place within parentheses.
  • To interlard with parentheses.
  • To curve; make into the shape of the mark called a parenthesis.

Etymologies

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parenthesis +‎ -ize

Examples

  • Valerie (Plame) (Wilson) -- who can be sure which name to parenthesize -- is said to be getting $2.5 million for a memoir of her life as a CIA analyst, demonstrating that the leaking of her name is the best thing that ever happened to her career.

    Philip Weiss: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, I Mean Valerie (Plame)

  • Before I'm done, I also intend (for those listees of mine also listed by Karlan, Lazar, and Salter) to parenthesize their rankings of each overlapped listee.

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • My Arabic sucks, but I can parenthesize, the only thing that sucks worse than my Arabic is my Yoruba.

    languagehat.com: Q.PHEEVR ON 'BUTTERFLY.'

  • It is well to parenthesize here, that of the fatal accidents in the

    Moby Dick, or, the whale

  • A criticism, shallow in human nature, however deep in Campbell's Rhetoric, has blamed him for making persons, under great excitement of sorrow, or whatever other emotion, parenthesize some trifling play upon words in the very height of their passion.

    Among My Books First Series

  • It is well to parenthesize here, that of the fatal accidents in the Sperm-Whale Fishery, this kind is perhaps almost as frequent as any.

    Moby-Dick, or, The Whale

  • What other experience can parenthesize and synthesize the thrills, travails and titillation of our childhood and adolescent summers?

    Catapult Magazine

  • If we remove the vampires, werewolves and witches from these narratives and substitute them with cops, gangsters and their victims, if we parenthesize the witchcraft and the magic, the story would not differ much from a pale description of everyday Russian life.

    Eurozine articles

  • (irb):25: warning: parenthesize argument(s) for future version

    Archive 2008-12-01

  • (Other endings being used for other grammatical functions, I parenthesize the endings to indicate the root.) seksem (a) ` sexually inclined. '

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol VII No 3

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