dig·​i·​tize | \ ˈdi-jə-ˌtīz \
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

digitization \ ˌdi-​jə-​tə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun
digitizer \ ˈdi-​jə-​ˌtī-​zər \ noun

Examples of digitize in a Sentence

The record company digitized the songs and made them available on the Internet.

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Just last year the Library of Congress digitized the 12,000 papers in its Alexander Hamilton collection. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Cache of Benjamin Franklin’s Original Manuscripts—Doodles and All—Gets Digitized," 20 Apr. 2018 Thanks to a year-long project to locate, digitize, and process all that extra audio (completed in July), diehard space fans can now access a fresh treasure trove of minutiae from the Apollo 11 mission. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Behind-the-scenes audio from Apollo 11 mission made public for first time," 12 Nov. 2018 Photo: Sarah Blesener for The Wall Street Journal The gift follows earlier contributions from Dr. Polonsky’s foundation that helped the New York Public Library to digitize historical documents. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "$12 Million Gift Opens New Chapter for New York Public Library’s Treasures," 12 Sep. 2018 As the economy digitizes and casual, part-time, and remote work becomes more common, co-working and hot-desking is becoming increasingly common. Hallie Detrick, Fortune, "Trading Hot Wings for Hot Desks: A Hooters Is Now Offering Co-Working Space," 27 Mar. 2018 The new Amazon software can read digitized patient records and other clinical notes, analyze them and pluck out key data points, Amazon said. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "Big Tech Expands Footprint in Health," 27 Nov. 2018 The students also want to digitize the exhibition to spread their findings as widely as possible, and hope to collaborate with other architecture schools in the future. Tanay Warerkar, Curbed, "Yale School of Architecture exhibition questions gender disparity in the industry," 18 Oct. 2018 In 2010, more Bard students helped digitize them as well as gather testimonials from past participants, which were posted on Joanie4Jackie.com. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Miranda July Talks #MeToo, Tech, and Joanie4Jackie," 16 Oct. 2018 At the Frick Collection, an archivist has been working for 16 years to process the Frick Family Papers, some of which have been digitized thanks to a grant from the Carnegie Foundation. William Middleton, Town & Country, "From Gates to Rockefeller, Wealthy Families Hire Personal Historians to Preserve Their Legacy," 26 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of digitize

1953, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of digitize

: to change (information or pictures) to digital form

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