discolor

If you wash your favorite white shirt with a brand new, bright red towel, your shirt is probably going to discolor, or change color from white to pink.

Use the verb discolor when something fades or alters in color. Your teeth might discolor from drinking too much black tea, and you might notice your beach towel discoloring after a summer spent at the seaside. The word discolor has been in use since the fourteenth century, and it comes from the Old French descolorer, with colorer meaning "to color."

Definitions of discolor
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v cause to lose or change color

“The detergent discolored my shirts”
Synonyms:
discolour
Types:
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bleach, bleach out, decolor, decolorise, decolorize, decolour, decolourise, decolourize, discolorise, discolorize, discolourise
remove color from
sallow
cause to become sallow
wash out
drain off the color in the course of laundering
infuscate
darken with a brownish tinge, as of insect wings
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v change color, often in an undesired manner

“The shirts discolored
Synonyms:
color, colour, discolour
Types:
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blush, crimson, flush, redden
turn red, as if in embarrassment or shame
blanch, blench, pale
turn pale, as if in fear
bronze, tan
get a tan, from wind or sun
burn, sunburn
get a sunburn by overexposure to the sun
white, whiten
turn white
black, blacken, melanise, melanize, nigrify
make or become black
turn
change color
silver
turn silver
dye
color with dye
redden
turn red or redder
purple
become purple
gray, grey
turn grey
yellow
turn yellow
tone
change the color or tone of
green
turn or become green
blue
turn blue
suntan
get a tan from being exposed to the sun
bleach
make whiter or lighter
bronze
give the color and appearance of bronze to something
stain
color for microscopic study
deep-dye
dye thoroughly
impress, yarn-dye
dye (fabric) before it is spun
stain
color with a liquid dye or tint
fast dye
dye with fast colors
double dye
dye twice
hand-dye
dye by hand
piece-dye
dye after weaving
blush
become rosy or reddish
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v lose color or turn colorless

“The painting discolored
Synonyms:
discolour
Antonyms:
color, color in, colorise, colorize, colour, colour in, colourise, colourize
add color to
Types:
wash out
lose color in the process of being washed
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

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