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italicize

[ih-tal-uh-sahyz, ahy-tal-]
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verb (used with object), i·tal·i·cized, i·tal·i·ciz·ing.
  1. to print in italic type.
  2. to underscore with a single line, as in indicating italics.
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verb (used without object), i·tal·i·cized, i·tal·i·ciz·ing.
  1. to use italics.
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Also especially British, i·tal·i·cise.

Origin of italicize

First recorded in 1785–95; italic + -ize
Related formsi·tal·i·ci·za·tion, nounun·i·tal·i·cized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for italicise

Historical Examples

  • The following sentences have so many faults I cannot Italicise.

    Scientific American magazine, Vol. 2 Issue 1

    Various

  • We did not deem it necessary to italicise article and wears.

  • I have taken the liberty to italicise a word or two, because in them Mr. Barrie supplied an answer to his question.

    Adventures in Criticism

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch


British Dictionary definitions for italicise

italicize

italicise

verb
  1. to print (textual matter) in italic type
  2. (tr) to underline (letters, words, etc) with a single line to indicate italics
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Derived Formsitalicization or italicisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for italicise

italicize

v.

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

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