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[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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Examples from the web for itemize
  • As they answer, itemize the ingredients of the foods and have the students identify which ingredients are grown locally.
  • Many retirees who no longer pay a lot of mortgage interest don't have large enough deductions to itemize.
  • To itemize these elements isn't to say they can't be powerful.
  • People who itemize their tax returns are the people in the top two tax brackets.
  • Name insurance company of each policy and itemize surrender or refund value of each.
  • Expenses supports the ability to itemize lodgings with different room rates.
  • However, taxpayers who file using paper returns and itemize their deductions still might miss that deduction.
  • The special deduction is available regardless of whether taxpayers itemize deductions on their returns.
  • Also, you should itemize if you do not qualify for the standard deduction.
  • Businesses must itemize personal property and equipment declaring the date of acquisition and original purchase price.
British Dictionary definitions for itemize


(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 itemize

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

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