dye

noun
\ ˈdī How to pronounce dye (audio) \

Definition of dye

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : color from dyeing
2 : a soluble or insoluble coloring matter

dye

verb
dyed; dyeing

Definition of dye (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to impart a new and often permanent color to especially by impregnating with a dye
2 : to impart (a color) by dyeing

intransitive verb

: to take up or impart color in dyeing

Other Words from dye

Verb

dyeability \ ˌdī-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce dye (audio) \ noun
dyeable \ ˈdī-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce dye (audio) \ adjective
dyer \ ˈdī(-​ə)r How to pronounce dye (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for dye

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of dye in a Sentence

Noun soaked the fabric in blue dye Verb She had been dyeing her hair for years. The fabric is bleached, dyed, and then washed.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Feitosa began by outlining a tiger's print onto the pup's coat of fur with Opawz black dye – drawing the stripes on her forehead, muzzle, and crest. Chelsea Avila, Allure, 13 July 2022 Maite's family wore green tie-dye shirts with an illustration showing Maite with angel wings. CBS News, 31 May 2022 Maite's family wore green tie-dye shirts with an illustration showing Maite with angel wings. Adriana Gomez Licon, Chron, 31 May 2022 At Maite's visitation, family wore green tie-dye shirts with an illustration showing the 10-year-old with angel wings. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, 31 May 2022 Don’t be surprised to find: Go-go boots, tutus, costume jewelry, tribute T-shirts and tie-dye shirts. AccessAtlanta, 27 May 2022 May Jagger celebrate the launch of her hair dye brand Bleach London's first U.S. campaign. Amethyst Tate, PEOPLE.com, 13 July 2022 Each dye used was both vegan, non-toxic, and — most importantly — specifically designed for pets. Chelsea Avila, Allure, 13 July 2022 The Vanderson Epaak also includes a tie-dye short-sleeve tee in bleached sand tones, with the Vanderson retro-style artwork screen printed on the chest. Cassell Ferere, Forbes, 11 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Using lukewarm water, rinse all of the hair dye out and follow by washing with the dpHue Shampoo and Conditioner, which also comes in the kit. Nicol Natale, Peoplemag, 5 Aug. 2022 Elsewhere, of course, dark-haired people dye their hair blond. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 3 June 2022 Don’t try to cover up my tattoos, don’t try to cut my hair, don’t try to dye my hair. Jenna Kunze, ELLE, 17 June 2022 On visits to the nursing home, the husband-author wrestled with his wife in the shower, trying to dye her hair. Elinor Lipman, Washington Post, 26 May 2022 The depot held clothing ready for export as well as drums filled with hydrogen peroxide, a chemical compound often used to bleach and dye fabric. New York Times, 7 June 2022 In the Lab, scientists dye human hair samples in brown, blonde, red and black shades and evaluate the products for their gray hair coverage. Sabina Wizemann, Good Housekeeping, 25 May 2022 Loc extensions, starter locs, styling locs, coloring locs, and loc maintenance. Want to dye your locs purple? Danielle James, Allure, 11 May 2022 My new workplace has about 30 employees, mostly women, every one of whom either dyes their hair or is young enough not to need to, and many younger employees dye their hair too. Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of dye

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for dye

Noun

Middle English dehe, from Old English dēah, dēag

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More Definitions for dye

dye

noun
\ ˈdī How to pronounce dye (audio) \

Kids Definition of dye

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a substance used to change the color of something hair dye

dye

verb
dyed; dyeing

Kids Definition of dye (Entry 2 of 2)

: to change the color of something using a substance

dye

noun
\ ˈdī How to pronounce dye (audio) \

Medical Definition of dye

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : color from dyeing
2 : a soluble or insoluble coloring matter

dye

verb
dyed; dyeing

Medical Definition of dye (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to impart a new and often permanent color to especially by impregnating with a dye
2 : to impart (a color) by dyeing dyeing blue on yellow

intransitive verb

: to take up or impart color in dyeing

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