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

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 Ticket buyers will choose a time to colorize their lives: 10 a.m., 1 p.m. or 4 p.m. Oct. 17. Matthew J. Palm,, 14 Oct. 2021 Denis Shiryaev uses algorithms to colorize and sharpen old movies, bumping them up to a smooth 60 frames per second. Matt Simon, Wired, 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, 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, 11 Feb. 2020 An obvious next step would be to colorize the video. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, 4 Feb. 2020 Whatever his reasons, Bong is now part of a mini-trend of filmmakers de-colorizing their films. Tyler Aquilina,, 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, 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, 10 Dec. 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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“Colorize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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