col·​or·​ize ˈkə-lə-ˌrīz How to pronounce colorize (audio)
colorized; colorizing

transitive verb

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

Examples of colorize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among the oldest is a circa 1916 colorized studio photo of Black hair-care mogul Madam C.J. Walker by Addison N. Scurlock. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Nov. 2023 That photo was then colorized, framed, and placed on the wall of a dilapidated home to create the image that adorns what’s now considered one of the greatest and best-selling albums in rock history. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 8 Nov. 2023 After debuting last year, Michael Giacchino’s Werewolf by Night is being colorized and released on both Hulu and Disney+. James Grebey, Vulture, 20 Oct. 2023 How a bhangra musical addresses identity with radical nuance March 30, 2022 In 2004, when the film was colorized, Khan went to see the newest version in theaters. Kavita Daswani, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2023 The scratch-off features 60 bucket list-worthy places around the world (from cities to states to national parks) that can be scratched and colorized once the giftee has traveled there. Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 10 July 2023 The image shows a subset of extreme ultraviolet light that highlights the extremely hot material in flares and which is colorized in teal. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 5 July 2023 In this example, that might involve using a deblurring model to improve image quality, then another model that can colorize the photo, and finally a model that can answer questions about pictures. IEEE Spectrum, 24 Apr. 2023 Certain wavelengths correspond to solar activity, so scientists colorize them to study details. Brian T. Jacobs, National Geographic, 24 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History


color entry 1 + -ize

First Known Use

1979, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of colorize was in 1979

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“Colorize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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