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[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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Related Words for italicize

weight, pronounce, articulate, feature, underline, pinpoint, headline, dramatize, accent, enlarge, mark, indicate, charge, accentuate, reiterate, repeat, hit, impress, enunciate, assert

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Historical Examples of italicize

  • 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.

  • He was a misanthrope, and to italicize his misanthropy he had made himself a juggler.

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

    Your United States

    Arnold Bennett

British Dictionary definitions for italicize



  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 italicize


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

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