de·​col·​or·​ize | \(ˌ)dē-ˈkə-lə-ˌrīz \
decolorized; decolorizing

Definition of decolorize 

transitive verb

: to remove color from decolorize vinegar by adsorption of impurities on activated charcoal

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from decolorize

decolorization \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌkə-​lə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun
decolorizer \ (ˈ)dē-​ˈkə-​lə-​ˌrī-​zər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for decolorize


blanch, bleach, blench, dull, fade, pale, snow, wash out, whiten


darken, deepen, embrown

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of decolorize in a Sentence

the sample was decolorized before being examined under a microscope

Recent Examples on the Web

The bad news: Non-decolorized, whole-leaf aloe extract contains aloin, a chemical that has been shown to cause cancer in rats when ingested. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Drew Barrymore Claims Aloe Vera Meat “Suctioned” the Redness Out of Her Skin," 21 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'decolorize.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of decolorize

1830, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about decolorize

Share decolorize

Statistics for decolorize

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for decolorize

The first known use of decolorize was in 1830

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for decolorize


transitive verb
variants: or British decolourize also decolourise \ (ˈ)dē-​ˈkəl-​ə-​ˌrīz \
decolorized or British decourized also decolourised; decolorizing or British decolourizing also decolourising

Medical Definition of decolorize 

: to remove color from decolorize vinegar by adsorption of impurities on activated charcoal

Other Words from decolorize

decolorization or British decolourization also decolourisation \ (ˈ)dē-​ˌkəl-​ə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun
decolorizer or British decolourizer also decolouriser \ (ˈ)dē-​ˈkəl-​ə-​ˌrī-​zər \ noun

More from Merriam-Webster on decolorize

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for decolorize

Comments on decolorize

What made you want to look up decolorize? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


something that serves to warn or remind

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!