pos·​ter·​ize | \ ˈpō-stə-ˌrīz How to pronounce posterize (audio) \
posterized; posterizing; posterizes

Definition of posterize

transitive verb

1a : to print or display (an image, such as a photograph) with a limited number of tones or colors in a way suggesting or appropriate to a poster You can also go wild with the Equalizer's advanced modes—posterize the picture, change it to negative, make it black and white …Popular Photography
b : to make (an image) into a poster You could freeze nearly any shot of this film, go to one of those websites that posterize any image and have a piece of art suitable for framing.— Richard Roeper
2 US sports, informal : to make a memorable and visually striking play against (an opponent) He ran through a hole on the right side, posterized safety Anthony Cioffi with a sharp cut to the inside and exploded into the end zone.— Tom Oates especially, basketball : to make a forceful and overpowering dunk shot over (an overmatched defensive player) The Sixers rookie used two hands to posterize Harper, grabbing his first highlight-reel worthy dunk since being drafted in June. — Matt Breen … Smith got posterized, or dunked on, by Indiana Pacers forward Shawne Williams, and the dunk was played multiple times on Sports Center's top 10. — Jeff Dillon and Sean Star

First Known Use of posterize

1943, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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27 Apr 2020

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“Posterize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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