Definitions

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  • v. To place the topic of a sentence at the beginning.

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  • v. emphasize by putting heavy stress on or by moving to the front of the sentence

Etymologies

topical +‎ -ize (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If you're doing jokes and you want to topicalize them, and instead of using Truman, you're going to use Bill Clinton, ...

    CNN Transcript Mar 31, 2002

  • M. BERLE: If you're doing jokes and you want to topicalize them, and instead of using Truman, you're going to use Bill Clinton ...

    CNN Transcript May 6, 2001

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