dis·col·or | \(ˌ)dis-ˈkə-lər \

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.

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Again, the force of his words bounded through the narrow alley like gunshots, and again the thing that had been Lenny snarled like a beast, running its hand possessively over the veteran’s discolored face. Wesley Snipes, The Root, "Talon of God," 27 May 2018 Residents have been complaining about discolored water for more than a year. Angel Jennings, latimes.com, "Official for Compton water district is suspended after reports of fake supporters at town hall," 22 June 2018 Moles with inconsistent coloring or those that are discolored are cause for concern. Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com, "Blue Cross data shows rise in melanoma rates among the insured," 31 May 2018 For years, discolored and odorous water occasionally came out of Martha Barajas’ faucets. Angel Jennings, latimes.com, "Fake-out in Compton? Brown, smelly water sparks concerns and allegations of a political ruse," 20 June 2018 Greensight’s software can pinpoint areas that may not be receiving enough water, or are falling prey to a fungal disease that can discolor the turf, and display images on a smartphone or laptop. Scott Kirsner, BostonGlobe.com, "How golf startups are bringing innovation to a tradition-steeped game," 25 May 2018 Most of the ribs, a shoulder bone and two humerus bones were not discolored. New York Times, "The Baby’s Hand Was Mummified. Why Wasn’t the Rest of Its Body?," 18 May 2018 The cankers are circular, discolored areas on the bark. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Grow Healthy Food By Identifying + Treating These Common Plant Diseases," 21 July 2015 Although discolored, there is nothing of the repulsiveness of death visible in the dead President's face. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "The epic journey of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train," 30 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of discolor

: to change in color especially in a bad way


dis·col·or | \dis-ˈkə-lər \
discolored; discoloring

Kids Definition of discolor

: to change in color especially for the worse

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