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[ih-tal-uh-sahyz, ahy-tal-] /ɪˈtæl əˌsaɪz, aɪˈtæl-/
verb (used with object), italicized, italicizing.
to print in italic type.
to underscore with a single line, as in indicating italics.
verb (used without object), italicized, italicizing.
to use italics.
Also, especially British, italicise.
Origin of italicize
First recorded in 1785-95; italic + -ize
Related forms
italicization, noun
unitalicized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for italicize
Historical Examples
  • Her movements were so rare that they might have been said to italicize her words.

    The Touchstone Edith Wharton
  • In resolutions, italicize the word Resolved, but not the word Whereas.

    Why We Punctuate William Livingston Klein
  • I italicize the word innumerable, as I use it in its exact value.

    What Shall We Do? Leo Tolstoy
  • He was a misanthrope, and to italicize his misanthropy he had made himself a juggler.

    The Man Who Laughs

    Victor Hugo
  • I italicize the heart of the phrase, because it is italicized in my memory.

    Your United States Arnold Bennett
  • She did not italicize the repetition which she carefully made, sure that it would appeal to her brothers humor as it was.

  • There is not any need to either quote or italicize the names of vessels, unless there would be doubt as to what the name means.

    The Magazine Style-Code Leigh H. Irvine
  • Mr. Courthope does not condescend to italicize his pun; but a swallow-tailed and adder-tongued pun like this must be paused upon.

    Love's Meinie John Ruskin
  • Some papers and magazines quote magazines and italicize newspapers.

    The Magazine Style-Code Leigh H. Irvine
  • italicize the signatures of contributors to magazines, etc., when the names appear at the end of the article.

    The Uses of Italic Frederick W. Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for italicize


to print (textual matter) in italic type
(transitive) to underline (letters, words, etc) with a single line to indicate italics
Derived Forms
italicization, italicisation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for italicize

"to print in italics" (for emphasis, etc.), 1795, from italic + -ize. Related: Italicized; italicizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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