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 colorization (audio) , -​lər-​ə-​ \ noun

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The fixture contains a photo, taken by Baxter and colorized by artist Dave Bamberg, of people in Tomball watching the train. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Tomball’s tribute to Apollo 11 anniversary reflects community’s railroad history," 28 June 2019 From that information a series of algorithms is then able to determine the position of things like bone, fat, cartilage and other tissues, which are then colorized. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Check Out These Awesome New 3D, Full-Color X-Rays," 13 July 2018 This one is colorized in shades of blue, purple and green. Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post, "Tapeworms are brainless, spineless, gutless parasites — and this scientist loves them," 2 Jan. 2018 The photos Marshall colorizes famously capture a moment on the cusp of the 1918 Representation of the People Act. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Photographs Documenting the Struggle for Women’s Suffrage Are Reimagined in Full Color," 9 Feb. 2018 But several episodes have since been colorized over the years to further bring the zany, pioneering sitcom to life. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Friday: ‘I Love Lucy’ and ‘Split’," 22 Dec. 2017 Even with this painstaking attempt at accuracy, however, the practice of colorizing black and white images is divisive in and of itself. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Colorized Footage Is a Vivid Reminder that History Didn’t Happen in Black and White," 29 June 2017 Any app not on the whitelist (nearly all third-party apps) gets a boring, black status bar, while apps on the whitelist are allowed to colorize the status bar like normal. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Essential Phone review: Impressive for a new company but not competitive," 30 Sep. 2017 The image was captured with a Helios Nanolab dual-beam focused ion beam/scanning electron microscope at EMSL and colorized by Alice Dohnalkova. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Scientists Make Art From Objects Invisible to the Naked Eye," 28 Feb. 2017

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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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