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

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Historical Examples

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for italicized



  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 italicized



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

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