dye

noun
\ˈdī \

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

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Other Words from dye

Verb

dyeability \ˌdī-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
dyeable \ˈdī-​ə-​bəl \ adjective
dyer \ˈdī(-​ə)r \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for dye

Synonyms: Noun

color, colorant, coloring, dyestuff, pigment, stain

Synonyms: Verb

bepaint [archaic], color, paint, pigment, stain, tincture, tinge, tint

Antonyms: Verb

decolorize

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

From Rihanna’s metallic mouth in Sydney to Kylie Jenner’s recent platinum-meets-sterling dye job and the bevy of glitter-eyed models storming the recent fashion runways consider the festive add-on the ultimate end-of-year accessory. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "10 Beauty Trends That Broke The Internet in 2018," 6 Dec. 2018 For Rei Kawakubo, another Japanese designer, traditional kimono fabric techniques like dyeing and stenciling are sources of inspiration—particularly shibori, a tie-dye method in which small sections of cloth are wrapped in thread. Susan Delson, WSJ, "Kimonos Meet Couture," 12 Oct. 2018 Of course, that style — and handmade quality — comes at a price: These aren't the cheapo, tie-dye bags your Mom bought you at Walmart for $20 back in the day. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Giant Knit Bean Bags Are the New Giant Knit Blankets," 6 Aug. 2018 Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead's tour in 1987 yielded this 1989 release, now available in red and blue tie-dye vinyl. Ella Fitzgerald. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Record Store Day special vinyl LPs includes Bowie, Prince and Taylor Swift," 20 Apr. 2018 The 5k events begin at 9 a.m.; a 1-mile Kids’ Fun Run starts at 8:15 a.m. Lunch, swimming, tie-dye t-shirts, music, field games, and an awards ceremony for the top fund-raisers and winners in each category will take place following the runs. Jennifer Fenn Lefferts, BostonGlobe.com, "Register for 5k event for cancer care at Emerson Hospital," 11 Apr. 2018 An equal parts fresh and flattering dye job that requires less touch-ups during the frigid months? Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Sienna Miller Wins Best Winter Hair Color with a Dark New Shade," 14 Nov. 2018 As pointed out by People, Finn's decision to get a drastic cut and a dark reddish-purple dye job indicates that filming on season three of the Netflix series has possibly wrapped. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Finn Wolfhard Cut and Dyed His Hair," 14 Nov. 2018 Once Tyra declares who's getting an unexpected buzz cut, a colorful dye job, or dramatic highlights, the models really don't have a say in the matter. Devon Abelman, Allure, "How Beauty Keeps Tiffany Young True to Her K-Pop Roots," 9 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

His pork belly chahan, a fried rice dish at the heart of the Chinese-Japanese kitchen, is dyed black with squid ink and tossed with aromatics including fish sauce, lemon basil and a squirt of pungent sudachi lime. Jonathan Gold, latimes.com, "Jonathan Gold finds Travis Lett's izakaya MTN to be Peak Venice — and pretty Japanese too," 25 May 2018 Tirupur, India, is home to many of the factories that dye clothing sold in the rest of the world. Adam Matthews, Newsweek, "The Environmental Crisis in Your Closet," 13 Aug. 2015 Now extending the service nationwide, Romero is also about to launch Tintoreria Closet, a collection of goods sewn in Mexico and dyed by hand with natural ingredients in her New York studio. Carmen Rosy Hall, Vogue, "This Natural Dyeing Service Will Give Your Sheets and Towels a Second Life," 1 July 2018 One of them is Alex, an American citizen like most children in the trailer park, with a wardrobe of Cleveland Cavaliers T-shirts and frosted tips dyed orange at the barbershop inside Walmart. Eli Saslow, Washington Post, "After raid, immigrant families are separated in the American heartland," 30 June 2018 The fabric and lining used are both 100% organic silk ecologically dyed, the threads are 100% organic cotton and everything is certificated as GOTS: Global Organic Textile Standard. Fox News, "Tom Brady mocked for Met Gala outfit," 8 May 2018 Several models at Marc Jacobs got their hair dyed backstage. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "16 Dazzling, Amazing, Absurd Moments From New York Fashion Week," 15 Feb. 2018 When the adoption is final, the girl wants to dye the tips of her wavy brown hair purple. Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati.com, "Girl who lost parents to heroin starts over: `I want a family'," 27 June 2018 Some of those hats are are being blocked at the moment; they’re being formed into shapes and the fabric has already been dyed. Kate Samuelson, Time, "A Royal Hat Designer Breaks Down the Fancy Hats You'll See at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding," 11 May 2018

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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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dye

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dye

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a substance used for changing the color of something (such as hair or cloth) usually permanently

dye

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dye (Entry 2 of 2)

: to change the color of (something, such as hair or cloth) by using a dye

dye

noun
\ˈdī \

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 \

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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