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

transitive verb

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

Example Sentences

The record company digitized the songs and made them available on the Internet.
Recent Examples on the Web But there are clear reasons why libraries would want the option to digitize and lend their own books, too. Adi Robertson, The Verge, 20 Mar. 2023 Experts at the Getty Research Institute have been working to preserve and digitize the photos, some of which have never been printed and, as a result, never seen by the public. Janelle Harris Dixon, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Mar. 2023 Meanwhile, organizations like Third Person Project have worked to preserve and digitize copies of The Daily Record. Sara Avery, ABC News, 19 Feb. 2023 The club’s members sprang into action, rescuing the documents and starting a yearslong effort to catalog and digitize them. Orlando Sentinel, 18 Sep. 2022 Many artists and creatives rely on their iPads to easily digitize their work. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 18 Jan. 2023 But in late 2020, Leslie McCartney, associate professor and curator of the oral history collection at UAF, got a grant to digitize them. Maggie Nelson, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Jan. 2023 The idea behind Google Reviews was to digitize a service that previously existed through the Yellow Pages, word of mouth, or specialized product guides (like the Michelin Guide). Will Mccarthy, Longreads, 3 Jan. 2023 Business investment also looks set to continue growing as Japan pushes forward efforts to digitize its economy. Hisako Ueno, New York Times, 14 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of digitize was in 1953

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Cite this Entry

“Digitize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digitize. Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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dig·​i·​tize ˈdij-ə-ˌtīz How to pronounce digitize (audio)
digitized; digitizing
: to change (as data or an image) to digital form
digitizer noun
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