col·​or·​ize | \ ˈkə-lə-ˌrīz How to pronounce colorize (audio) , -lər-ˌīz \
colorized; colorizing

Definition of colorize

transitive verb

: to add color to (a black-and-white film) by means of a computer

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Other Words from colorize

colorization \ ˌkə-​lə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce colorize (audio) , -​lər-​ə-​ \ noun

Examples of colorize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Denis Shiryaev uses algorithms to colorize and sharpen old movies, bumping them up to a smooth 60 frames per second. Matt Simon, Wired, "AI Magic Makes Century-Old Films Look New," 12 Aug. 2020 And Christie knew just what to do with them, bringing out Rimsky’s lurid textures as though newly colorized. Los Angeles Times, "Review: In San Diego and Thousand Oaks, new music directors hail new orchestral eras," 8 Oct. 2019 One journalist, Ars Technica’s Timothy B. Lee, noted that commercially-available machine learning apps could also be used to colorize old film footage. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "A.I. and the growing risk of “digital redlining”," 11 Feb. 2020 An obvious next step would be to colorize the video. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Someone used neural networks to upscale a famous 1896 video to 4k quality," 4 Feb. 2020 Whatever his reasons, Bong is now part of a mini-trend of filmmakers de-colorizing their films. Tyler Aquilina,, "Bong Joon Ho's Oscar-nominated Parasite coming back to U.S. theaters — with a twist," 23 Jan. 2020 Given hundreds of hours of footage of World War I from Britain’s Imperial War Museum, Jackson and his team masterfully restored and colorized the material. Susan King, Los Angeles Times, "World War I inspired some cinematic masterpieces. Here are a few of them," 1 Jan. 2020 Illinois, for example, is colorized politically by Chicago with its overwhelmingly Democratic populace, most of whom are just as poor and unhealthy as any rural Republican voters, and more likely to have their lives terminated by gun violence. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Nothing merry for the hungry; Let’s look at life expectancy in those Democratic cities (12/10/19)," 10 Dec. 2019 This image blends together two sets of extreme ultraviolet wavelengths…typically colorized in gold and yellow, to create a particularly Halloween-like appearance. Leada Gore |, al, "Pumpkin sun: NASA shares image of jack-o’-lantern sun," 28 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of colorize

1979, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for colorize

color entry 1 + -ize

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The first known use of colorize was in 1979

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“Colorize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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