dig·​i·​tize | \ ˈdi-jə-ˌtīz How to pronounce digitize (audio) \
digitized; digitizing

Definition of digitize

transitive verb

: to convert (something, such as data or an image) to digital form

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Other Words from digitize

digitizer \ ˈdi-​jə-​ˌtī-​zər How to pronounce digitizer (audio) \ noun

Examples of digitize in a Sentence

The record company digitized the songs and made them available on the Internet.
Recent Examples on the Web Increase funding for the state's public libraries by $6.5 million, including $450,000 to be used to digitize historic materials. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Facing COVID-19 challenges, Wisconsin education chief seeks $1.6 billion increase for schools in 2021-23," 12 Nov. 2020 In order to successfully digitize government services for multi-channel delivery, every person involved on the agency side of things needs to be informed, engaged, and at least somewhat aware of how things work. Bob Ainsbury, Fortune, "How digitalization could help American states and cities bounce back from the COVID recession," 7 Oct. 2020 Snapdragon extended reality silicon platform, aims to digitize customer check-in and help repair technicians deal with the increasing complexity involved in fixing modern cars. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mitchell International brings extended reality technology to auto collision shops," 16 Oct. 2020 An ingenious invention originally meant to digitize bookkeeping, the software has enabled researchers and businesspeople to input infinite rows and columns of disparate data and then analyze the information with the aid of a computer. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "How to make A.I. smarter," 21 Sep. 2020 In Uproot: Travels in 21st-Century Music and Digital Culture, the DJ Jace Clayton writes about an effort in Beirut to digitize early-20th-century Middle Eastern music. Jason Parham, Wired, "A YouTube Radio Archivist Blasts the Past Into the Present," 22 Sep. 2020 Throughout the rest of 2020, the Smithsonian will be rolling out another 200,000 or so images, with more to come as the Institution continues to digitize its collection of 155 million items and counting. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Smithsonian Releases 2.8 Million Images Into Public Domain," 25 Feb. 2020 Miro aims to digitize the office whiteboard with a service allowing employees to fill a shared screen with virtual sticky notes. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, "Tech’s Next Big Task: Taking the Office Water Cooler Virtual," 6 Sep. 2020 Through an ongoing campaign spearheaded by the Rainfall Rescue Project, climate researchers and meteorologists are calling on volunteers worldwide to help digitize reams of handwritten temperature and precipitation records from decades past. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Bored at Home? Help Great Britain ‘Rescue’ Its Old Rainfall Records," 27 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of digitize

1953, in the meaning defined above

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25 Nov 2020

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“Digitize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digitize. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of digitize

: to change (information or pictures) to digital form

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