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or (especially British) itemise

[ahy-tuh-mahyz] /ˈaɪ təˌmaɪz/
verb (used with object), itemized, itemizing.
to state by items; give the particulars of; list the individual units or parts of:
to itemize an account.
to list as an item or separate part:
to itemize deductions on an income-tax return.
verb (used without object), itemized, itemizing.
to compute an income-tax return by listing separately all assets, credits, allowable deductions, losses, etc.
Origin of itemize
1855-60, Americanism; item + -ize
Related forms
itemization, noun
itemizer, noun
misitemized, adjective
nonitemized, adjective
nonitemizer, noun
reitemize, verb (used with object), reitemized, reitemizing.
unitemized, adjective
well-itemized, adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • How, one may well ask, are we to itemise the retail iniquities of a system of government which is itself a wholesale iniquity?

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

    The Song of Songs Hermann Sudermann
British Dictionary definitions for itemise


(transitive) to put on a list or make a list of
Derived Forms
itemization, itemisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for itemise



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

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