Meaning of “italics” in the English Dictionary

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italicsplural noun

us /ɪˈtæl·ɪks, ɑɪ-/

a style of printing in which the letters lean to the right:

This sentence is printed in italics.
adjective us /ɪˈtæl·ɪk, ɑɪ-/

italic type
verb [ T ] us /ɪˈtæl·əˌsɑɪz, ɑɪ-/

Sometimes words are italicized for emphasis.

(Definition of “italics” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)