[ pik-suh-leyt ]

verb (used with object),pix·el·at·ed, pix·el·at·ing.
  1. in computer graphics and digital photography, to cause (an image) to break up into pixels, as by overenlarging the image: When enlarging a photograph, first increase the resolution to avoid pixelating it.

  2. to blur (parts of a digital image) by creating unclear, pixel-like patches, for purposes of censorship or to maintain the anonymity of the subject: Police have asked the media to pixelate the faces of the men who were taken into custody.

verb (used without object),pix·el·at·ed, pix·el·at·ing.
  1. (of a computer graphic or other digital image) to break up into visible pixels: We tried to watch the old, scratched DVD, but the image pixelated before our eyes.

Origin of pixelate

  • Also especially British, pix·el·late .
  • Sometimes pix·i·late .

Other words from pixelate

  • pix·el·a·tion, pix·el·i·za·tion [pik-suh-luh-zey-shuhn], /ˌpɪk sə ləˈzeɪ ʃən/, especially British, pix·el·la·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for pixelate



/ (ˈpɪksɪˌleɪt) /

  1. to blur (a video image) by overlaying it with a grid of squares, usually to disguise the identity of a person

Derived forms of pixelate

  • pixelation or pixellation, noun

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