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

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 Absent other eligible deductions, that leaves a more than $17,000 gap in their ability to itemize. Tanza Loudenback,, 14 Nov. 2023 Instead, the Breeders disappeared at their peak, for reasons that are easy to itemize — the drug abuse, the writer’s block, the fights, etc. — but hard to pin on one person. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2023 North Carolina is one of the few states that does itemize the credits dished out in their state. John Sharp, al, 26 Mar. 2023 Only tax-exempt nonprofit organizations will provide a receipt that people who itemize their taxes can use to claim a deduction. Thalia Beaty, Chicago Tribune, 10 Aug. 2023 This means the selection veers more toward the yacht end of the spectrum rather than small, simple day boats: Many listings itemize the additional costs per day for a skipper, chef, and water sports equipment for complete transparency. Chrissie McClatchie, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 June 2023 Presidential campaigns only are required to itemize contributions of $200 or greater, or when the aggregate of an individual's contributions tops $200. Zac Anderson, USA TODAY, 16 July 2023 Any contract over $1,000 needs to be in writing, Foy added, and a legitimate quote should be itemized, describing in detail the work being done, the materials being used, the start and end date, and the payment schedule. Jon Gorey,, 17 May 2023 Some sample regulations city staff suggested were provisions under Coronado’s ordinance, including a $200 contribution limit, the need to itemize each contribution of $5 or more and that donations can only be received by check or credit card. Tammy Murga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of itemize was in 1857

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Cite this Entry

“Itemize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


item·​ize ˈīt-ə-ˌmīz How to pronounce itemize (audio)
itemized; itemizing
: to set down one by one : list
itemize expenses

Legal Definition


transitive verb
item·​ize ˈī-tə-ˌmīz How to pronounce itemize (audio)
itemized; itemizing
: to list in detail or by particulars
itemize deductions

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