[ 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.

verb (used without object),i·tal·i·cized, i·tal·i·ciz·ing.
  1. to use italics.

Origin of italicize

First recorded in 1785–95; italic + -ize
  • Also especially British, i·tal·i·cise .

Other words from italicize

  • i·tal·i·ci·za·tion, noun
  • un·i·tal·i·cized, adjective

Words Nearby italicize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use italicize in a sentence

  • The words “Burger King” were italicized at first, surrounded by a yellow bun and encircled in Sonic the Hedgehog blue.

    Fast Food’s Retro Glow-Up | Jaya Saxena | March 25, 2021 | Eater
  • I will italicize the pignut because, though I have never eaten it, I once tried to, and the first taste was all-sufficient.

    On the Trail | Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
  • We italicize the last foregoing words, to make readers see that Montaigne is not to be read for the truth of his instances.

    Classic French Course in English | William Cleaver Wilkinson
  • In resolutions, italicize the word Resolved, but not the word Whereas.

    Why We Punctuate | William Livingston Klein
  • But from my knowledge of the men you are going presently to wrestle with, I should say 'no' and italicize it.

    Empire Builders | Francis Lynde

British Dictionary definitions for italicize



/ (ɪˈtælɪˌsaɪz) /

  1. to print (textual matter) in italic type

  2. (tr) to underline (letters, words, etc) with a single line to indicate italics

Derived forms of italicize

  • italicization or italicisation, noun

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