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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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.

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Bailey saved up $7,000 for her trip from two years of working as an archivist, digitizing family albums, and as a part-time nanny in her neighborhood. Teen Vogue, "What To Do After High School: 9 Things To Do Besides College," 4 Apr. 2019 Kruger is responsible for digitizing many aspects of the project. Lydia Pyne, Ars Technica, "Rising Star found a new species—now it wants to find a new way for paleoanthropology," 20 Dec. 2018 In recent years, China has expanded insurance coverage, encouraged the growth of private hospitals and pushed for digitizing medical records. Shan Li, WSJ, "Chinese Consumers to Get WebMD Content via WeChat," 23 July 2018 Twenty-two editions of the Green Book (and one supplement), published from 1937 to 1966, have since been collected and digitized by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Green Book builds a feel-good comedy atop an artifact of shameful segregation. Yikes.," 7 Jan. 2019 Other top carriers also are trying to digitize their operations, including port stops. Costas Paris, WSJ, "With Container Ships Getting Bigger, Maersk Focuses on Getting Faster," 20 Dec. 2018 Many manuscripts and cookbooks have been digitized and exist online, Flexner noted, including some 140 culinary manuscripts from the medieval world. Lisa Wong Macabasco, Vogue, "What Did Historical Feminist Icons Eat for Dinner?," 30 July 2018 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

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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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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