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

Definition of italicize

transitive verb

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

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italicization \ ə-​ˌta-​lə-​sə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce italicization (audio) , i-​ , ī-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for italicize


accentuate, bring out, emphasize, stress, underline, underscore



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Examples of italicize in a Sentence

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

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Below, find a full list of nominees in each category, with winners signified by an asterisk (*) and italicized boldface. Mike Scott,, "Golden Globes 2018 full winners list," 8 Jan. 2018 In 2014, at Christie’s in New York, Ruscha’s 1963 Smash (that word, italicized and all caps, yellow on dark blue) was hammered down at $30.4 million. Mark Rozzo, Vanities, "Ed Ruscha Still Has Plenty More to Say About America," 30 May 2018 The c is lower-case and italicized, as per the scientific notation for quickly light can move in a vacuum. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Grimes is changing her name to the symbol for the speed of light, encouraged by Elon Musk," 19 May 2018 With the savage ironies of the Rondo-Burlesque, Salonen saw no need to italicize the bitter humor that Mahler makes perfectly clear on the page. John Von Rhein,, "Review: Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the CSO in an eloquent Mahler Ninth Symphony," 18 May 2018 Both names are italicized as a foreign term based on Latin and Greek words and forms—for example, Quercus rubra, the red oak, or Mertensia virginiana, Virginia bluebells. Smithsonian, "A Botanical Wonderland Resides in the World of Rare and Unusual Books," 16 May 2018 In one, a creamy pale yellow, the vessels appear slightly italicized by Wagner's oblique angle of view. Leah Ollman,, "In Catherine Wagner's luminous photographs, shadows of the great Giorgio Morandi," 13 Mar. 2018 But the old energy is still there, the bucking head movements and the lunging, italicized delivery. James Parker, The Atlantic, "Blue Planet II," 10 Mar. 2018 At times, her approach can be a tad too emphatic, the singer italicizing seemingly very gesture. Howard Reich,, "From Vonski bash to Salvant soiree, a busy jazz weekend," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of italicize

1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of italicize

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


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

Kids Definition of italicize

1 : to print in italics

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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