[ dij-i-tahyz ]
/ ˈdɪdʒ ɪˌtaɪz /

verb (used with object), dig·i·tized, dig·i·tiz·ing. Computers.

to convert (data) to digital form for use in a computer.
to convert (analogous physical measurements) to digital form.
Also digitalize; especially British, dig·i·tise.

Origin of digitize

First recorded in 1950–55; digit + -ize

Related forms

dig·i·ti·za·tion, noundig·i·tiz·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for digitize



/ (ˈdɪdʒɪˌtaɪz) /


(tr) to transcribe (data) into a digital form so that it can be directly processed by a computer

Derived Forms

digitization or digitisation, noundigitizer or digitiser, noun
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Science definitions for digitize


[ dĭjĭ-tīz′ ]

To convert data or signals, such as images, text, or sound, to digital form. See more at A/D converter.
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