italicize

verb ital·i·cize \ ə-ˈta-lə-ˌsīz , i- , ī- \
|Updated on: 12 Jul 2018

Definition of italicize

italicized; italicizing
1 : to print in italics or underscore with a single line
2 : emphasize
  • the microphone italicizes every curdled top note
  • —P. G. Davis

italicization

play \ə-ˌta-lə-sə-ˈzā-shən, i-, ī-\ noun

Examples of italicize in a Sentence

  1. high-definition television italicizes every line and wrinkle in an actor's face

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First Known Use of italicize

1795

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ITALICIZE Defined for English Language Learners

italicize

Definition of italicize for English Language Learners

  • : to put letters, numbers, etc., in italics : to print (text) in italics


ITALICIZE Defined for Kids

italicize

verb ital·i·cize \ i-ˈta-lə-ˌsīz \

Definition of italicize for Students

italicized; italicizing
1 : to print in italics
2 : underline 1


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