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[dij-i-tahyz] /ˈdɪdʒ ɪˌtaɪz/
verb (used with object), digitized, digitizing. Computers.
to convert (data) to digital form for use in a computer.
to convert (analogous physical measurements) to digital form.
Also, digitalize; especially British, digitise.
Origin of digitize
1950-55; digit + -ize
Related forms
digitization, noun
digitizer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for digitize
  • It takes resources to digitize books, and some books are simply not worth the trouble for publishers to bother.
  • The law he wants to overturn has also hobbled libraries' efforts to digitize and share books, films, and music.
  • Amanda's students picked their own topics and found their own sources to digitize.
  • digitize the entire corpus and you can put questions to it and get answers in a matter of seconds.
  • Our objective is to both digitize high-use records, and to continue to develop our own capacity to digitize archival materials.
  • We're always working to help local organizations digitize their collections and share them online.
  • The standard is robust enough to digitize any antenna pattern.
British Dictionary definitions for digitize


(transitive) to transcribe (data) into a digital form so that it can be directly processed by a computer
Derived Forms
digitization, digitisation, noun
digitizer, digitiser, noun
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digitize in Science
To convert data or signals, such as images, text, or sound, to digital form. See more at A/D converter.
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