colour

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(BrE) (AmE color) noun
1 quality that makes sth red, etc.
ADJECTIVE
bold, bright, brilliant, glowing, iridescent, vibrant, vivid
dark, deep

Dark colours suit you best.

intense, lush (esp. AmE), rich, saturated, strong

the intense colour of new leaves

faded, light, muted, pale, pastel, soft, subdued, subtle
dull
garish, gaudy, loud, lurid
autumn (esp. BrE), autumnal, earthy, fall (AmE), warm
cool

cool colours like blue and gray

sombre/somber
attractive, beautiful, lovely
good

Green is a good colour on you.

complementary, contrasting
matching
basic
primary, secondary
indeterminate, neutral
natural
blue, red, etc.

The curtains went a strange orange colour when we washed them.

bluish, reddish, etc.
pure, solid, uniform

Simple patterns and solid colours are particularly effective.

full

a 48-page reference section in full colour

a 24-page full-colour booklet

eye, hair, skin

What is her natural hair colour?

… OF COLOUR/COLOR
dash, flash, splash
mass, riot

The garden is a riot of colour in spring.

spot, touch
VERB + COLOUR/COLOR
change

The chameleon changes colour to match its surroundings.

add

The silk cushions add colour to an otherwise dull room.

match

Your shirt matches the colour of your eyes.

wear

I like to wear bright colours.

COLOUR/COLOR + VERB
match (sth)
clash
fade
run

This colour runs, so wash the shirt separately.

range from … 

The leaf colour ranges from dark green to almost brown.

COLOUR/COLOR + NOUN
combination, range, scheme

We have to choose a colour scheme for the dining room.

palette
code, coding
illustration, photograph, photography, picture, plate, printing, reproduction
monitor, printer, screen, television
PREPOSITION
in colour

The flowers are pale blue in colour.

Is the film in colour or black and white?

The book is lavishly illustrated in full colour.

in a colour

The scarf is available in six different colours.

PHRASES
a combination of colours, a range of colours
2 of a person's skin
COLOUR/COLOR + NOUN
bar (BrE), barrier (AmE)
PREPOSITION
of colour (esp. AmE)

people of colour

PHRASES
on the basis of colour, on (the) grounds of colour

to discriminate on the basis of colour

3 redness in the face
ADJECTIVE
heightened, high

You could tell she was excited by the heightened colour in her cheeks.

faint
VERB + COLOUR/COLOR
have

You have a little more colour in your cheeks now.

bring

The walk brought colour to her face.

be drained of, drain of, lose

His face drained of all colour.

COLOUR/COLOR + VERB
flood sth, rise, rush

Colour flooded her cheeks.

The colour rose in his face.

I could feel the colour rush to my cheeks.

drain

The colour drained from her face when she saw him.

come back, return

Gradually the colour returned to his cheeks.

4 interesting or exciting details
ADJECTIVE
local

a journalist in search of a bit of local colour

VERB + COLOUR
add, give sth, lend

His asides lent colour to the story.

PHRASES
full of colour
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(BrE) (AmE color) verb
ADVERB
heavily, strongly

His opinions are heavily coloured by his own experiences.

naturally

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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