Meaning of digitize in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdɪdʒɪtʌɪz/

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(also British digitise)
[with object]
  • 1Convert (pictures, text, or sound) into a digital form that can be processed by a computer.

    ‘the museum has used a grant to digitize its manuscript collection’
    • ‘high-quality digitized images’
    • ‘Pulse images are digitized by the device and written to disk as a computer file.’
    • ‘I could make a game like this using merely digitized photos hotlinked to each other.’
    • ‘The implant works by receiving sound through a speech processor then analyzing and digitizing the sound into a coded signal.’
    • ‘All images were digitized and analyzed to extract the drop profile.’
    • ‘The image is digitised into binary code and saved as a computer file.’
    • ‘We also analyzed the structure of the airspaces within each slide by digitizing the image and converting it to black and white and then identifying the length of every pixel line segment lying within an airspace.’
    • ‘The chip and digitized photo are only intended to strengthen the integrity of the Canadian passport.’
    • ‘You could digitize photographs and put them on the system, but one picture took an entire hard disk.’
    • ‘Once the roots are clean, a flatbed scanner is then used to digitize images of them for scientists to analyze with computer software.’
    • ‘The software digitized and compressed audio signals before sending them over the Internet.’
    • ‘What video capture cards do to put it in simple terms is that these cards use hardware or software compression to digitize your video onto the hard drive on your computer.’
    • ‘The most significant of these involves digitizing the individual sounds of acoustic instruments and using the data to create a new spectrum of sounds.’
    • ‘Perhaps more important, shared catalog data can help archivists avoid digitizing materials that have already been digitized by other institutions.’
    • ‘Added to this slimmed-down distribution were special configuration and monitoring scripts and the software for digitizing the audio signal.’
    • ‘The internet will run on servers which will themselves be digitized and uploaded onto the internet.’
    • ‘The libraries need to identify collections that need to be digitized.’
    • ‘When the object is deformed, interference fringes appear, which are digitized via a video camera.’
    • ‘The conflict began when that content was digitized and acquired attributes that it had not previously had.’
    • ‘In order for a computer to process and ultimately analyze these signals, they first must be digitized.’
    • ‘The sound is also there, although, like the first units, digitized speech is still horrid.’
    1. 1.1Adapt (a system, process, etc.) to be operated with the use of computers and the internet.
      • ‘shippers were forced to digitize every area of their business as fast as possible’


Late 17th century (in sense ‘touch with the fingers’): from digit + -ize.