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

Examples of itemize in a Sentence

a list of itemized expenses itemized the expenses for the business trip
Recent Examples on the Web The House version would also eliminate many deductions, meaning that taxpayers who itemize deductions could end up paying more. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 29 Mar. 2022 Most people — nearly nine out of 10 — claim the standard deduction and don't itemize. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 11 Apr. 2022 Goolsbee observed that two-thirds of taxpayers took only the standard deduction rather than itemize. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2022 Orr has said the bill would mostly benefit working families who don’t itemize their deductions. Mike Cason |, al, 12 Feb. 2022 The Republican plan would wipe out those lower brackets, setting up a single rate of 5.25% and eliminating a number of deductions for people who itemize their income taxes. Jeff Amy, ajc, 1 Mar. 2022 That said, many taxpayers today are using the large standard deduction and don’t itemize. Glenn Ruffenach, WSJ, 3 Feb. 2022 Normally, only tax filers who itemize deductions can deduct their charitable contributions. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, 14 Jan. 2022 Investors should discuss this tool with a tax professional as it’s best-suited for investors who itemize their deductions. Megan Gorman, Forbes, 6 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of itemize

1857, in the meaning defined above

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“Itemize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for itemize


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

Kids Definition of itemize

: to set down one by one : list


transitive verb
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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