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 One, a film-appropriate holdover from the 1970s, itemized the flaws of each system component, down to the last superlaser tributary beam shaft. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "The real science inspired by 'Star Wars'," 1 Dec. 2019 To make that case, their team has been working in Malaysian Borneo to itemize the exact cost of malaria, down to each hospital bed, and syringe that doctors use. National Geographic, "Deforestation is leading to more infectious diseases in humans," 22 Nov. 2019 For the 2018 tax year, homeowners who itemized deductions on their tax return could deduct the interest on their mortgage and home equity loan or line of credit — up to $750,000 in total qualified residence loans. Darla Mercado, USA TODAY, "You might get these 4 tax breaks back if Congress reinstates deductions," 20 June 2019 Corporate reimbursement policies typically require submission of itemized receipts. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "The many unanswered questions about the investigation into BioEnterprise’s work with Cuyahoga County’s Global Center for Health Innovation," 26 Nov. 2019 Here's what Consumer Reports said about that: The 1992 Cable Act allows cable companies to separately itemize government taxes and regulatory fees and pass them on to consumers. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Cable companies use hidden fees to raise prices 24% a month," 3 Oct. 2019 To capitalize on the free publicity, the company itemizes celebrities’ delivery expenditures in a blog series called the Receipt. Los Angeles Times, "Ready for IPO, Postmates needs to win big in L.A. — or else," 27 Sep. 2019 The 72 itemized expenses on the bill added up to $4,001.18 for this service. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "San Jose couple overwhelmed by $4,000 hospital bill for the cat," 20 Sep. 2019 As a result, Americans itemized $54 billion less in their 2018 charitable donations on this year’s tax filings, Newsweek reported. Tess Vrbin,, "Federal tax cut, state budget problems have hurt Connecticut nonprofits," 15 July 2019

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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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4 Jan 2020

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“Itemize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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How to pronounce itemize (audio)

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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