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verb (1)

dig·​i·​tal·​ize ˈdi-jə-tə-ˌlīz How to pronounce digitalize (audio)
digitalized; digitalizing

transitive verb

: to convert (something, such as data or an image) to digital form : digitize
The Mobile Wallet may eventually replace the contents of your … leather wallet. Instead, everything will be digitalized and stored in your smartphone …AAA Times
… has gained the permission of about 100 newspapers to digitalize and index a trove of back issues.Jennifer Saba


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verb (2)

dig·​i·​ta·​lize ˈdi-jə-tə-ˌlīz How to pronounce digitalize (audio)
digitalized; digitalizing

Examples of digitalize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Logistics firms who fail to digitalize system-wide or do so only partially, rather than throughout their entire network, risk becoming relics. Harry G. Broadman, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 But to truly digitalize the trade system, its connectivity problem must be solved. Geraldine McBride, Fortune, 2 Oct. 2023 Over the past few years, quietly and discreetly, the world’s biggest telecom providers have been retiring their physical copper lines to fully digitalize their plain old telephone service (POTS). Max Silber, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2023 The pandemic forced many industries to digitalize at a pace much faster than insiders would have ever expected. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 21 July 2023 Small firms, which have historically been less digitalized, enjoyed the biggest gains. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 3 Apr. 2023 None of that is possible without the right technology to digitalize all your business processes and store your data in the cloud. Judith Magyar, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 This inevitably means that pressure to digitalize isn't going away any time soon—and neither is the need for a high level of digital skills. Ravi Mayuram, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 The minister said the government also plans to reduce bureaucracy and follow Estonia’s example of digitalizing most public services, such as paying taxes and obtaining paperwork. Andra Timu,, 8 June 2023 See More

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Word History


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Verb (2)


First Known Use

Verb (1)

1955, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

circa 1808, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of digitalize was circa 1808

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Cite this Entry

“Digitalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition


transitive verb
variants also British digitalise
digitalized also British digitalised; digitalizing also British digitalising
: to subject to digitalization

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