ital·​i·​cize ə-ˈta-lə-ˌsīz How to pronounce italicize (audio)
italicized; italicizing

transitive verb

: to print in italics or underscore with a single line
: emphasize
the microphone italicizes every curdled top noteP. G. Davis
italicization noun

Example Sentences

high-definition television italicizes every line and wrinkle in an actor's face
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Word History

First Known Use

1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of italicize was in 1795

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“Italicize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

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ital·​i·​cize ə-ˈtal-ə-ˌsīz How to pronounce italicize (audio)
italicized; italicizing
: to print in italics or underline with a single line

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