Definition of colour verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    colour

     verb
    (especially US English color)verb
    BrE BrE//ˈkʌlə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌlər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they colour
    BrE BrE//ˈkʌlə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌlər//
     
    he / she / it colours
    BrE BrE//ˈkʌləz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌlərz//
     
    past simple coloured
    BrE BrE//ˈkʌləd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌlərd//
     
    past participle coloured
    BrE BrE//ˈkʌləd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌlərd//
     
    -ing form colouring
    BrE BrE//ˈkʌlərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌlərɪŋ//
     
     
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    put colour on something
  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to put colour on something using paint, coloured pencils, etc. The children love to draw and colour. a colouring book (= with pictures that you can add colour to) colour something How long have you been colouring (= dyeing) your hair? colour something + adj. He drew a monster and coloured it green.
  2. of face
  3. 2[intransitive] colour (at something) (of a person or their face) to become red with embarrassment synonym blush She coloured at his remarks.
  4. affect
  5. 3[transitive] colour something to affect something, especially in a negative way This incident coloured her whole life. Don't let your judgement be coloured by personal feelings.
  6. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French colour (noun), colourer (verb), from Latin color (noun), colorare (verb).Extra examples His opinions are heavily coloured by his own experiences. Don’t let your judgement be coloured by personal feelings. Everyone in the room stared at Gerry, and he coloured slightly. He drew a monster and coloured it red. He grinned at Mary, who coloured up instantly. How long have you been colouring your hair? I’ll draw a tree and you can colour it in. Statements are always coloured by their context. Such incidents tend to colour public attitudes towards the police. The children love drawing and colouring. The experience moulded and coloured her whole life. a colouring book Phrasal Verbscolour somethingin