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pixel +‎ -ate


pixelate (third-person singular simple present pixelates, present participle pixelating, simple past and past participle pixelated)

  1. To divide an image into pixels, or to display an image in pixels.
    • 2009 August 19, Andreas Kokkino, “Best in Show”, in New York Times[1]:
      In a fittingly modern use of mosaic tile, Tord Boontje pixelates his signature floral designs in a new collection of storage furniture for Bisazza Home.
  2. To transform an image into large pixels in order to hide an identity.
    Synonym: blur

Usage notesEdit

  • Be careful not to confuse the simple past and past participle, pixelated, with the completely unrelated term pixilated.