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verb colour pronunciation in British English /ˈkʌlə(r)/
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present tense
I/you/we/theycolour
he/she/itcolours
present participlecolouring
past tensecoloured
past participlecoloured
  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

      or

      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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