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[ih-tal-uh-sahyz, ahy-tal-] /ɪˈtæl əˌsaɪz, aɪˈtæl-/
verb (used with object), italicized, italicizing.
to print in italic type.
to underscore with a single line, as in indicating italics.
verb (used without object), italicized, italicizing.
to use italics.
Also, especially British, italicise.
Origin of italicize
1785-95; italic + -ize
Related forms
italicization, noun
unitalicized, adjective Unabridged
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  • Use long falling inflections on the italicized words in the following selection, noting their emphatic power.

    The Art of Public Speaking Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
  • Recipe numbers and italicized items were added by the transcriber.

    Desserts and Salads Gesine Lemcke
  • The italicized words are given thus by him; but they read like a later excuse for Napoleon's failures.

  • In many offices the names of papers, magazines, and serials are not italicized.

    The Uses of Italic Frederick W. Hamilton
  • She italicized every other word, and declared herself insanely grateful.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • Certain vowels, as a and e, when obscured, are also italicized.

  • To do this is of course impossible, and the lines which I have italicized are mere closet description.

    The Galaxy Various
British Dictionary definitions for italicized


to print (textual matter) in italic type
(transitive) to underline (letters, words, etc) with a single line to indicate italics
Derived Forms
italicization, 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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