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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Researchers found the information in historical documents and microfilms at the Connecticut State Library, among other sources like Ancestry.com and digitized newspapers. Amanda Blanco, courant.com, "A new project reveals the hidden history of colonial people of color who are buried in downtown Hartford," 6 Sep. 2019 The intimate note is among the more than 17,500 photographs, prints and papers digitized by the United Kingdom’s Royal Collection in honor of Albert’s 200th birthday. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Thousands of Unseen Photographs, Documents Digitized for Prince Albert’s 200th Birthday," 26 Aug. 2019 Shannon was kooky goodness, Carden was digitized brilliance, Adefope was the best best friend, McKinnon is amazing, and Goldberg was all narcissistic energy coupled with denial. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "If I got to pick the Emmy nominees for comedy and limited series," 11 July 2019 The system includes facial recognition software that digitizes each person's face and can quickly scan through thousands of images to find that person in a hurry. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "School security cameras add facial recognition software," 12 Aug. 2019 DeWine said the state would digitize and require notifications of warrants and protection orders, though the Republicans who control the legislature have shown little appetite for any gun reform. cleveland.com, "Attorneys are optimistic for opioid settlements in Midwest lawsuits: The Flyover," 29 Aug. 2019 University officials discovered the interview while working on a project to digitize and archive old university records, Maiola said. Washington Post, "Alabama governor apologies for wearing blackface in college," 29 Aug. 2019 The State Board of Elections voted 3-2 to allow a voting-machine maker to sell equipment that digitizes votes into bar code data, which is then tallied by the company’s counting machines. USA TODAY, "Burro bandits, sugarcane shake-up, naked bike ride: News from around our 50 states," 26 Aug. 2019 Although the manuscript itself is too fragile for public display, by digitizing the text, the library is able to share this important piece of history with the public. Allen Kim, CNN, "A rare 2,000-year-old scroll about the early years of Buddhism is made public," 29 July 2019

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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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