dis·​col·​or | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈkə-lər How to pronounce discolor (audio) \
discolored; discoloring; discolors

Definition of discolor

transitive verb

: to alter or change the hue or color of

intransitive verb

: to change color especially for the worse

Examples of discolor in a Sentence

The fabric is guaranteed not to discolor. The wine stain discolored the rug.
Recent Examples on the Web Dust, sweat, lotion, food, and dirt can affect the way your watch band looks and dull or discolor the material. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 June 2022 Lettuce and other greens, as well as some herbs, can also discolor or droop in the presence of ethylene. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 31 May 2022 Not even one year later, the sink started to discolor near the drain. Mark Philben, BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2022 Why does the sink discolor yet the toilet does not? Mark Philben, BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2022 It's usually recommended that people avoid certain foods and beverages that could stain or discolor the veneers like coffee, tea, or red wine, the ADA says. Korin Miller, Health.com, 9 Dec. 2021 Try to keep them out of bright direct light and avoid spaces with high moisture, both of which could discolor the plants faster, Marino advised. Lindsey M. Roberts, BostonGlobe.com, 14 Nov. 2021 Try to keep them out of bright direct light and avoid spaces with high moisture, both of which could discolor the plants faster, Marino advises. Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2021 The clay would stick to the shoes and quickly discolor. Tim Newcomb, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of discolor

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for discolor

Middle English discolouren, from Anglo-French desculurer, from Late Latin discolorari, from Latin discolor of another color, from dis- + color color

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“Discolor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discolor. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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dis·​col·​or | \ dis-ˈkə-lər How to pronounce discolor (audio) \
discolored; discoloring

Kids Definition of discolor

: to change in color especially for the worse

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