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 The DERMAdoctor difference means the formula is dermatologist tested, as well as non-drying, non-comedogenic, oil-free, synthetic fragrance-free, synthetic dye-free, gluten-free, and cruelty-free. Elizabeth Berry And Samantha Lawyer, Woman's Day, 13 June 2022 The product is dye-free and does not contain any common allergens to protect these consumers. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 June 2022 This dye-free, clear mousse applies like a plush cloud and smells like a tropical vacation. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 June 2022 The translucent dye-free water dispenses as an airy foam that spreads smoothly for even, colorless application that transforms into a medium and deep color in just a few hours. Cristina Montemayor, SELF, 27 May 2022 Like its sister products, it's said to be approved for daily use and is also made fragrance and dye-free. Sabina Wizemann, Good Housekeeping, 25 Apr. 2022 Brander has also released harmless purple dye into rips, with footage of the dramatic streaks appearing on TV and online videos. Chloe Williams, The Atlantic, 20 June 2022 Kaia Gerber gave herself punk-pink dip-dye ends with some virtual assistance from hair maestro Guido Palau. Elle Turner, Glamour, 19 June 2022 One chapter is all about red drinks, a custom tied to the West African tradition of imbibing drinks made from kola nuts or hibiscus leaves, which dye liquids striking shades of red. Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 The band will play Moda Center on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m., which gives you plenty of time to get angsty about something and dye your hair black. oregonlive, 10 Mar. 2022 The blue thread used would be typical of Native American or prairie settlers at the time, both of whom used indigo to dye thread a deep midnight blue. oregonlive, 5 Feb. 2022 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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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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