[ ahy-tuh-mahyz ]
See synonyms for: itemizeitemizeditemization on

verb (used with object),i·tem·ized, i·tem·iz·ing.
  1. to state by items; give the particulars of; list the individual units or parts of: to itemize an account.

  2. to list as an item or separate part: to itemize deductions on an income-tax return.

verb (used without object),i·tem·ized, i·tem·iz·ing.
  1. to compute an income-tax return by listing separately all assets, credits, allowable deductions, losses, etc.

Origin of itemize

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; item + -ize
  • Also especially British, i·tem·ise .

Other words from itemize

  • i·tem·i·za·tion, noun
  • i·tem·iz·er, noun
  • mis·i·tem·ized, adjective
  • non·i·tem·ized, adjective
  • non·i·tem·iz·er, noun
  • re·i·tem·ize, verb (used with object), re·i·tem·ized, re·i·tem·iz·ing.
  • un·i·tem·ized, adjective
  • well-i·tem·ized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use itemize in a sentence

  • Lilly said she had often been in an apothecary's shop, but could not itemise the contents.

    The Song of Songs | Hermann Sudermann
  • How, one may well ask, are we to itemise the retail iniquities of a system of government which is itself a wholesale iniquity?

British Dictionary definitions for itemize



/ (ˈaɪtəˌmaɪz) /

  1. (tr) to put on a list or make a list of

Derived forms of itemize

  • itemization or itemisation, noun

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