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

Examples of italicize in a Sentence

high-definition television italicizes every line and wrinkle in an actor's face
Recent Examples on the Web This will only lead to negative consequences both for the rest and italicize Hamas and its leadership. Baltimore Sun Media, Baltimore Sun, 11 Apr. 2024 The play, similarly, italicizes its themes, most of which are bluntly realized on Kawecki’s set that manages to be both busily semaphoric and strikingly inert. Rhoda Feng, Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2024 To italicize the love letter to tenor Peter Pears that Britten coded into this 17th-century text by Francis Quayle, Hoskins swirled extra sweetness into its closing lento. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2023 Jon Balke’s score is a spare accompaniment that knows when to italicize the unease and when to color in the serenity. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2023 De Los does not normally italicize Spanish words in our copy. J.p. Brammer, Los Angeles Times, 10 July 2023 The producers of what’s still being called Untitled Smurfs Animated Film (officially italicized as such, so maybe that will be the title) announced Thursday that Rihanna will step into the role. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 27 Apr. 2023 Students who read the essay without a pretest were given additional time to study, or else the students’ attention was focused on the critical passages in one of several ways: by italicizing the critical section or by making the key term that would be tested bold, or by a combination of strategies. Bridgid Finn, Scientific American, 1 Mar. 2010 Winners of each race are italicized. Chicago Tribune, 5 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of italicize was in 1795

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“Italicize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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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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