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

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Other Words from dye

Verb

dyeability \ ˌdī-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce dyeability (audio) \ noun
dyeable \ ˈdī-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce dyeable (audio) \ adjective
dyer \ ˈdī(-​ə)r How to pronounce dyer (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One look may include a tie-dye pair of overalls while the other may consist of a sheer wrap dress. Nandi Howard, Essence, "No Sesso's Autumn/Winter 2020 Campaign Pays Homage To The Harlem Renaissance," 25 June 2020 JoJo's signature bow on the back, of course) or ankle socks with extra bright patterns and tie-dye. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "Amazon’s huge summer sale includes must-have deals on kids, baby items," 25 June 2020 White Mark Women's Dye Maxi Dress Keep cool in this sleeveless maxi dress that comes in three tie-dye options. NBC News, "Best summer dresses to shop in 2020, according to experts," 22 June 2020 She was last seen wearing a dark blue tie dye shirt, shorts and flip flops. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, "Authorities searching for ‘endangered’ 41-year-old woman who disappeared in Enterprise," 22 June 2020 When the '70s characters have long conversations that focus on their faces, the only visible difference is a mild application of make-up and hair dye. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods is a hard watch, but an easy Netflix recommendation," 19 June 2020 In the caption, Hayek alludes to the fact that the dye job is for a film role. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "Salma Hayek’s New Sun-Kissed Highlights Are Summer Hair Goals," 18 June 2020 Let the drop of dye dry before running the paper strip. Science Buddies, Scientific American, "Chromatography: Be a Color Detective," 14 May 2015 Considering the 90’s will always be a popular style reference, millines are particularly drawing close to nostalgic trends like tie-dye, retro-wear, and slashed denim. Nandi Howard, Essence, "The Best Dressed Black Creatives On Instagram This Week," 19 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Instead of being discreetly ushered toward the door at 65 or pressured to dye our hair, we are permitted to age gracefully into éminence grise-dom. Anne Fadiman, Wired, "Screen Share: A College Teacher’s Zoom Journal," 17 June 2020 Attempting to re-create them at home felt as foolish as attempting to dye my hair Emma Stone auburn with a red Sharpie. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "This Easy Trick Will Give You Heavenly, Fluffy Pancakes in Minutes," 19 May 2020 To properly dye wool, a weaver must remove the lanolin fats from the textiles, which is accomplished far more easily with soap. Cody Cassidy, Time, "Who Discovered Soap? What to Know About the Origins of the Life-Saving Substance," 5 May 2020 These methods are cheaper and less invasive than attempting to dye your whole head. Louryn Strampe, Wired, "How to Dye Your Hair at Home," 2 May 2020 Finding eggs to dye could be more difficult and expensive this year. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Archdiocese to air Holy Week liturgies, what to know about (virtual) Easter in Louisville," 6 Apr. 2020 His keen observation of societal stratification leads him to suppress his accent and dye golden highlights into his hair. Joan Gaylord, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Amnesty’ sets up a moral dilemma for an immigrant living in the shadows," 29 Apr. 2020 The cardigans themselves give no indication of their source, since Borland had to buy all-white sweaters and remove the labels before dyeing them. Cristina Rouvalis, Smithsonian, "The Behind-the-Scenes Quest to Find Mister Rogers’ Signature Cardigans," 7 Oct. 2019 The mischievous pair had apparently ripped open a bag of green food coloring while raiding the kitchen cupboards the night before and dyed themselves bright green. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Woman Awakes to Green-Dyed Dogs After Raid Under the Cover of Night," 26 July 2019

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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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The first known use of dye was before the 12th century

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4 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dye.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dye. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for dye

dye

noun
How to pronounce dye (audio)

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 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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