[ih-tal-uh-sahyz, ahy-tal-]

verb (used with object), i·tal·i·cized, i·tal·i·ciz·ing.

to print in italic type.
to underscore with a single line, as in indicating italics.

verb (used without object), i·tal·i·cized, i·tal·i·ciz·ing.

to use italics.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for italicization

Historical Examples of italicization

  • Inconsistencies in italicization and capitalization have been retained.

    A Kut Prisoner

    H. C. W. Bishop

  • All errors and inconsistencies in spelling, punctuation, and italicization have been retained, except as noted below.

  • Inconsistent hyphenation and italicization have been retained as-is within the text.

    Brooke's Daughter

    Adeline Sergeant

British Dictionary definitions for italicization




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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper