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verb color pronunciation in American English /ˈkʌlər/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecoloring
past tensecolored
past participlecolored
  1. 1
    [transitive] to add color to something to make it a different color

    I think I'll color my hair.

    Rivers and lakes are often colored green by algae.

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    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] if you color, or if something colors your cheeks, you go red because you are embarrassed

      She looked away from him, coloring slightly.

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    2. b.



      color in

      [transitive] to use pens, pencils, or crayons to add color to a picture

      I'll draw a shape and you can color it.

      color something blue/green/red etc.:

      Color the boy's eyes blue.

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  2. 2
    [transitive] to affect someone's decision or opinion about something

    Don't allow the opinions of your friends to color your judgment.

    early experiences that colored her attitude to work

    1. a.
      if a feeling colors the way someone sounds, it shows in how they speak or in what they say

      the tinge of regret that colored her tone

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