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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for italicized
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  • Recipe numbers and italicized items were added by the transcriber.

    Desserts and Salads Gesine Lemcke
  • I have italicized the most offensive, though it is hardly necessary.

    Short Story Writing Charles Raymond Barrett
  • Moaning feebly, they would return to the italicized Guide Book.

    Ade's Fables George Ade
  • An entire paragraph is italicized (quite unnecessarily) for emphasis.

    The Uses of Italic Frederick W. Hamilton
  • In many offices the names of papers, magazines, and serials are not italicized.

    The Uses of Italic Frederick W. Hamilton
  • Certain vowels, as a and e, when obscured, are also italicized.

  • The italicized text was removed to try to assist readability.

    Frontier Boys on the Coast Capt. Wyn Roosevelt
British Dictionary definitions for italicized


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
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Word Origin and History for italicized



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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