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verb colour pronunciation in British English /ˈkʌlə(r)/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecolouring
past tensecoloured
past participlecoloured
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to add colour to something, or to make it a different colour
    I think I’ll colour my hair.
    colour something blue/green/red etc: Rivers and lakes are often coloured green by algae.
    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] if you colour, or if something colours your face, your face becomes red
      She looked away from him, colouring slightly.
    2. b.



      colour in

      [intransitive/transitive] to use pens, pencils, or crayons to add colour to a picture
      As a child, I could spend hours just colouring in.
      colour something blue/green/red etc: Colour the boy’s eyes blue.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to affect someones decision or opinion about something
    Don’t allow your friends’ opinions to colour your judgment.
    early experiences that coloured her attitude to work
    1. a.
      to affect the way someone sounds
      A tinge of regret coloured her tone.

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