Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To remove the color from.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To deprive of color; bleach. Also spelled decolorise, decolourize, decolourise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To deprive of color; to whiten.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb US, transitive To remove the color from.
  • verb US, intransitive To lose one’s color.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb remove color from

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Examples

  • Manganese dioxide is used to: manufacture ferroalloys; manufacture dry cell batteries (it's a depolarizer); to "decolorize" glass; to prepare some chemicals, like oxygen and chlorine; and to dry black paints.

    Manganese

  • April 29th, 2008 6: 11 pm ET yeah right CNN ... put HILLIARys sign in front and decolorize Obama's sign to look darker. i expected better from CNN ... sheesh!

    Polls: Clinton, Obama tied in Indiana

  • Import it into Photoshop, or similar, then decolorize it, turn up the contrast and lightness accordingly.

    EXTRALIFE – By Scott Johnson - Comic coming a tad late

  • Saliva contains an enzyme that will decolorize blood and remove fresh bloodstains.

    Quilts Are Forever

  • Saliva contains an enzyme that will decolorize blood and remove fresh bloodstains.

    Quilts Are Forever

  • Saliva contains an enzyme that will decolorize blood and remove fresh bloodstains.

    Quilts Are Forever

  • The chlorine and oxygen will combine their action to decolorize the textile material.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 401, September 8, 1883

  • If the red color is due to magenta, it is destroyed by both these reagents, while hydrocholoric acid does not decolorize the solutions of archil and cudbear, and ammonia turns their red color to a purple violet.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 385, May 19, 1883

  • Animal charcoal possesses to a remarkable degree the property of removing color from solutions of animal and vegetable substances, and it is used for this purpose to a large extent by sugar refiners, who thus decolorize their dark brown sirups; in the manufacture of glucose and saccharums for brewers 'use, the concentrated solutions have to be filtered through layers of animal charcoal in order that the resulting product may be freed from color.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 288, July 9, 1881

  • Make a ten per cent infusion of the suspected coffee; filter it, and decolorize the solution by boiling it with a piece of animal charcoal.

    The Home Medical Library, Volume V (of VI)

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