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 Hair dye and hair clippers With hair salons closed, people are increasingly turning to at-home fixes. Dallas News, "Here’s what’s low or out of stock at North Texas grocery stores," 26 Apr. 2020 L'Oreal sells hair dye and other consumer products, under brands such as Garnier, Maybelline and NYX, in pharmacies and drugstores, many of which have remained open during lockdowns. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "People aren't leaving home. But they're still buying beauty products," 17 Apr. 2020 It has been used by First Nations in dyes and medicine. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "Heads up, maple leaf. Canada’s eyeing another national icon.," 31 Mar. 2020 Boxed hair dye and YouTube beauty tutorials are not the way to solve a global crisis. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "Isolation Is Changing How You Look," 25 Mar. 2020 Typically hair starts to lose pigment on your head first, but sometimes the order seems reversed if you're used to covering up head hair with dye and don't notice gray strands. Julia Naftulin, Health.com, "Things That Make Your Pubic Hair Go Gray Sooner (and What to Do About It)," 20 Nov. 2019 While summer brought a selection of crazy colorful nail art like tie dye and confetti, fall is shaping up to be all about neutrals. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "Tortoiseshell Nails Are Fall’s Coolest Manicure Trend," 9 Sep. 2019 He and Paz allegedly cut the powder, added other fillers and pressed it into pills, using dyes and stamps to mimic the appearance of legitimate pharmaceuticals, prosecutors said. CBS News, "Former Eagle Scout accused in multimillion-dollar drug empire to stand trial in Utah," 11 Aug. 2019 Most of our dyes used to be botanically based — made from fruits, flowers, roots and such. Molly Oswaks, New York Times, "People Have Gone Full 1800s," 30 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 That position also grants the park magnificent views of the Oregon Coast, especially when sunset dyes the landscape in rosy hues. Sarah Feldberg, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Place to Camp in Each of the 50 States," 24 Feb. 2017 Even an image of a group of baby birds dyed pastel colors is constructed with what seems to be open-minded wonder at the complexity of our lives and technology, and a basic optimism about making sense of it all. Will Heinrich, New York Times, "Five Artists to Follow on Instagram Now," 29 Apr. 2020 Women are dyeing cloth while some of the men have gone out to hunt game. Outlander Fan, Marie Claire, "Tonight's 'Outlander' Episode, 'Monsters and Heroes,' Strikes an Emotional Chord," 20 Apr. 2020 For all companies, the way the fabric is manufactured, dyed, and finished appears to be more important than the composition of the fabric. Kristin Larson, Fortune, "What clothing companies and consumers can do to reduce fashion’s environmental impact," 12 Mar. 2020 One woman had dyed a black Telfar logo into her pink hair. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "Telfar Clemens’s Mass Appeal," 9 Mar. 2020

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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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19 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dye.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dye. Accessed 1 Jun. 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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