discolor

verb
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 Apples should not be prepped in advance; the fruit will discolor if left to stand. BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Sweet brunch treats for Mother’s Day," 30 Apr. 2021 To keep antique linens in mint condition, store them in a dry, dark cupboard on shelves that are painted or lined with acid-free paper (oils in wood can discolor them), and tuck sheets of acid-free paper in their folds, too. Martha Stewart, Star Tribune, "How to revive vintage linens," 2 Mar. 2021 Some chefs swear by carbon steel, which gets high marks for performance, but, unlike stainless, will discolor. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, "The cutting edge ― Part 2: What’s the best kitchen knife?," 18 Dec. 2020 Some chefs swear by carbon steel, which gets high marks for performance, but, unlike stainless, will discolor. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, "The cutting edge ― Part 2: What’s the best kitchen knife?," 18 Dec. 2020 Some chefs swear by carbon steel, which gets high marks for performance, but, unlike stainless, will discolor. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, "The cutting edge ― Part 2: What’s the best kitchen knife?," 18 Dec. 2020 Some chefs swear by carbon steel, which gets high marks for performance, but, unlike stainless, will discolor. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, "The cutting edge ― Part 2: What’s the best kitchen knife?," 18 Dec. 2020 Some chefs swear by carbon steel, which gets high marks for performance, but, unlike stainless, will discolor. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, "The cutting edge ― Part 2: What’s the best kitchen knife?," 18 Dec. 2020 Inside the castle, which has a room for each day of the year, empty squares discolor walls where great paintings once hung. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘House of Trelawney’ Review: The Weight of the Estate," 1 Jan. 2021

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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 10 May. 2021.

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discolor

verb

English Language Learners Definition of discolor

: to change in color especially in a bad way

discolor

verb
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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