item·​ize | \ ˈī-tə-ˌmīz How to pronounce itemize (audio) \
itemized; itemizing

Definition of itemize

transitive verb

: to set down in detail or by particulars : list itemized all expenses

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Examples of itemize in a Sentence

a list of itemized expenses itemized the expenses for the business trip
Recent Examples on the Web Coconino County, for example, didn't require Lee to itemize receipts and paid for transactions without reviewing them, auditors wrote. Felicia Fonseca, The Arizona Republic, "Navajo County Health Dept. Director Jeffrey Lee indicted on theft, fraud charges," 1 Jan. 2021 Amid a host of changes, the new bill also extends and expands the new $300 deduction for charitable contributions for people who don’t itemize. Kathleen Pender,, "New stimulus payments are coming to the Bay Area: Here’s what’s changed and what hasn’t," 22 Dec. 2020 The legislation also extends an above-the-line tax deduction for charitable gifts -- so all taxpayers, not just those who itemize, can get tax breaks for donations. Laura Davison,, "Beer, Restaurants and Nascar Win Tax Breaks in Virus-Relief Bill," 21 Dec. 2020 Taxpayers who itemize can deduct their charitable donations from their taxable income. Chris Farrell, Star Tribune, "Cash donations can get a special tax break in 2020," 12 Dec. 2020 In past years, taxpayers had to itemize in order to claim charitable deductions. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: How 2020 has transformed charitable giving," 8 Dec. 2020 Suspension of charitable-deduction limits: This temporary suspension could affect donors who itemize deductions and want to contribute a larger share of their income this year than was allowed previously. Tom Herman, WSJ, "Tax Moves Worth Considering Before the End of the Year," 15 Oct. 2020 Taxes paid by the Nixons in 1970-71 are roughly equivalent to taxes paid by someone who earns about $7,000 a year, claims one exemption and does not itemize deductions, according to tax manuals. Jack White, USA TODAY, "From the archives: Nixon’s income tax bill was $1,670 for two years," 28 Sep. 2020 With the concert business on pause, merchandise sales also fell by over 20% at the two majors that itemize those results. Glenn Peoples, Billboard, "Turns Out Labels Aren't Pandemic Proof Either," 13 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of itemize

1857, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of itemize was in 1857

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16 Jan 2021

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“Itemize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of itemize

: to create a detailed list of (things)


item·​ize | \ ˈī-tə-ˌmīz How to pronounce itemize (audio) \
itemized; itemizing

Kids Definition of itemize

: to set down one by one : list
item·​ize | \ ˈī-tə-ˌmīz How to pronounce itemize (audio) \
itemized; itemizing

Legal Definition of itemize

: to list in detail or by particulars itemize deductions

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