Definition of colorize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkələˌrīz/
(British also colourize)


[with object]
Add color to (a black-and-white movie) by means of computer technology.
Example sentences
  • Early attempts by mogul Ted Turner to colorize classic films went almost nowhere, thanks to a lack of interest from consumers and underwhelming results.
  • Rubin called for her black-and-white films to be colorized by filters, randomly operated by the projectionists.
  • This DVD release from Fox contains a new colorized print of the film.



Pronunciation: /ˌkələrəˈzāSHən/
Example sentences
  • The colorization argument is ludicrous - colorization is the wholesale changing of a movie without the consent of its director.
  • Some years ago, movie directors and critics complained about the colorization of old black and white film classics undertaken by Ted Turner's company.
  • But if the folks who take cinema seriously were so willing to agitate against colorization, where are they now?


Example sentences
  • It represented a notable improvement over previous colorizing efforts, especially in comparison with any analog examples from the other three colorizers.
  • A colourizer assigns different colours to different greyscale brightness levels of a video picture.
  • In response to the outcry, as well as to the fact that colorization did not end up being the boon colorizers thought it would be, the practice thankfully disappeared after only a couple of years.

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Syllabification: col·or·ize

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