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dye

noun \ ˈdī \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of dye

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

Examples of dye in a Sentence

  1. soaked the fabric in blue dye

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Origin and Etymology of dye

Middle English dehe, from Old English dēah, dēag

dye Synonyms

Synonyms
color, colorant, coloring, pigment, dyestuff, stain
Related Words
tint, toner; cast, hue, shade, tinge

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dye

verb

Definition of dye

dyed; dyeing
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

dyeability

play \ˌdī-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

dyeable

play \ˈdī-ə-bəl\ adjective

dyer

play \ˈdī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of dye in a Sentence

  1. She had been dyeing her hair for years.

  2. The fabric is bleached, dyed, and then washed.

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First Known Use of dye

before 12th century

dye Synonyms

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DYE Defined for English Language Learners

dye

noun

Definition of dye for English Language Learners

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


dye

verb

Definition of dye for English Language Learners

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


DYE Defined for Kids

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dye

noun \ ˈdī \

Definition of dye for Students

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

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dye

verb

Definition of dye for Students

dyed; dyeing
: to change the color of something using a substance

Medical Dictionary

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dye

noun \ ˈdī \

medical Definition of dye

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

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dye

verb

medical Definition of dye

dyed; dyeing
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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