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 Think less tie-dye and green leaves front and center. Codie Sanchez, Rolling Stone, "My Thoughts on How Brands Can Work to Break the Stigma Around Cannabis," 30 Apr. 2021 Hill has long been praised for his love for tie-dye and bucket hats, but has been a quiet fan of The Row for years. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Is The Row the New Celebrity Status Label?," 28 Apr. 2021 This utilizes innovative dye-sub cartridge technology, which helps result in incredibly vibrant photos in about 50 seconds. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Portable Photo Printer for Phones," 28 Apr. 2021 All of those dye molecules are going to slowly spread throughout the water. Quanta Magazine, "How Maxwell’s Demon Continues to Startle Scientists," 22 Apr. 2021 Eyebrow tinting is the process of applying semi-permanent dye to enhance, shape, and define your brows. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Is Eyebrow Tinting?," 21 Apr. 2021 The coloring processes utilized an advanced pre-treatment solution for more sustainable cotton dyeing that significantly reduces the amount of water, chemicals and energy used compared to traditional dye processes, the company says. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Ralph Lauren unveils Team USA closing ceremony uniform for Tokyo Olympics," 14 Apr. 2021 During the robbery, a teller had slipped a red dye pack into the bag of money, and later on that night, an officer noticed a man walking into a wooded area, Hewitt said. Glenn Ruppel, ABC News, "How a woman in Louisiana helped break the case of 5 student murders in Florida," 8 Apr. 2021 Howe also cited tie dye’s popularity rise across categories, particularly in women’s apparel, footwear and handbags. Sharon Edelson, Forbes, "Kohl’s, Forever 21, And More See Colorful Spring, Ca-Ching At Cash Registers," 8 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Asked to upcycle an unloved tee, Cheng decided the best option would be to dye it with natural materials. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Don’t Throw Away Your Old Tees—Dye Them!," 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, "A pigment from red cabbage could help turn your favorite foods blue," 9 Apr. 2021 To create that hybrid shade of mint and lime green, Bryan had to dye the feathers in-house. Shannon Carlin, Vulture, "How Genius: Aretha Re-created Aretha Franklin’s Iconic Style," 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, "This High Schooler Invented Color-Changing Sutures to Detect Infection," 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, "‘You feel like you’re king for a day:’ How a crew of family members dyes the Chicago River green for St. Patrick’s Day," 13 Mar. 2021 That custom continues today among some Persian families who dye eggs to mark Nowruz. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "Why Do We Dye Easter Eggs?," 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, "Chicago River dyed green for St. Patrick's Day in surprise move from the city," 13 Mar. 2021 Luckily, there are several ways to get hair dye off your skin. Angela Watson, chicagotribune.com, "How to remove hair dye from skin," 7 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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6 May 2021

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“Dye.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dye. Accessed 9 May. 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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