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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.
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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.
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Also especially British, i·tem·ise.

Origin of itemize

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; item + -ize
Related formsi·tem·i·za·tion, nouni·tem·iz·er, nounmis·i·tem·ized, adjectivenon·i·tem·ized, adjectivenon·i·tem·iz·er, nounre·i·tem·ize, verb (used with object), re·i·tem·ized, re·i·tem·iz·ing.un·i·tem·ized, adjectivewell-i·tem·ized, adjective
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Related Words for itemize

enumerate, recite, count, rehearse, mention, particularize, relate, tally, list, number, detail, catalog, record, quote, instance, recount, document, individualize, cite, specify

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  1. (tr) to put on a list or make a list of
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Derived Formsitemization or itemisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for itemize


1864, American English, from item + -ize. Related: Itemized; itemizing. Earlier verb was simply item (c.1600).

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