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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Then got on the tie-dye scene and made far too many pillow cases. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 June 2021 There are even packs that have assorted colors or tie-dye. Chris Hachey, BGR, 9 June 2021 While sporting a blue MTV T-shirt with a tie-dye logo, the singer then squeezed yellow mustard on one of her slices and took a bite. Madison Roberts, PEOPLE.com, 1 June 2021 This tie-dye one is super lightweight, packs into a tiny bag, and stretches taut to safely hold your drink. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 28 May 2021 This will be followed by tie-dye t-shirt making; music from Floyd and the Walkmen and Loopman Dan in the afternoon. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 27 May 2021 With that in mind, the designer created the Jewel Ruched Dress, a rhinestone strap mini featuring a pink-and-orange tie-dye print. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, 24 May 2021 Even Puma submitted to the color spectrum in its line of tie-dye sneakers for the label. Arden Fanning Andrews, Vogue, 24 May 2021 The Dance Moms alum's girlfriend posted a series of photos and videos of the couple on Instagram, showing off their matching tie-dye tees and black leggings, as well as their identical polar bear onesies. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 20 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Keeping this in mind, read on to find out exactly how to dye Easter eggs with food coloring. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 8 Mar. 2021 Asked to upcycle an unloved tee, Cheng decided the best option would be to dye it with natural materials. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 20 Apr. 2021 Children have been doing this for decades, but researchers have struggled to turn this or similar natural blues into a stable and abundant colorant—one that could be used to naturally dye your favorite candies, sodas, or ice creams. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, 9 Apr. 2021 To create that hybrid shade of mint and lime green, Bryan had to dye the feathers in-house. Shannon Carlin, Vulture, 30 Mar. 2021 Lastly, the same non-absorbency that makes standard suture thread hard to dye with beet juice also keeps bacteria out, and vice versa. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Mar. 2021 The Chicago River would run green for the first time in 1962 (the same year the photo below was taken), one year after Savannah, Ga., unsuccessfully tried to dye its river green for the Irish holiday. Kori Rumore, chicagotribune.com, 13 Mar. 2021 That custom continues today among some Persian families who dye eggs to mark Nowruz. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 24 Mar. 2021 On Friday, a spokesperson for the Plumbers Union Local 130 said there were no plans to dye the river this year, NBC Chicago reported. NBC News, 13 Mar. 2021

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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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23 Jun 2021

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“Dye.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dye. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for dye

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 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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