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verb British English pronunciation: colour /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

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      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 someone's decision or opinion about something

    Don't allow your friends' opinions to colour your judgment.

    early experiences that coloured her attitude to work

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