dye

noun
\ˈdī \

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 \ noun
dyeable \ˈdī-ə-bəl \ adjective
dyer \ˈdī(-ə)r \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for dye

Synonyms: Noun

color, colorant, coloring, dyestuff, pigment, stain

Synonyms: Verb

color, paint, pigment, stain, tincture, tinge, tint

Antonyms: Verb

decolorize

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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

The star stepped out during a two-day streak of modeling new Yeezy season 8 outfits with brand new blue/black dye job. Colleen Kratofil, PEOPLE.com, "Kim Kardashian Debuts New Blue Hair for Latest Yeezy Photo Shoot," 12 June 2018 Between the giggles, the group touched on such topics as diversity, nostalgia, bad dye jobs and the Fonz. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "Bill Hader, Kristen Bell and other comedy stars on unlikable characters and the rise of nostalgia," 31 May 2018 Typically, a chemical tracer would be added to the water, like a salt or dye, to track the flow. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Yellowstone's magma chamber is more powerful than we knew. Here's why studying it matters.," 3 July 2018 Hyperallergic’s Allison Meier reports that in addition to acting as a key ingredient in green paint and dye, the pigment was used in cosmetics, children’s toys and wallpaper. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Arsenic-Laced Books Discovered in University Library," 3 July 2018 Customers can drop off or mail in their favorite textiles, and Tintoreria will re-dye, giving the items a different look. Carmen Rosy Hall, Vogue, "This Natural Dyeing Service Will Give Your Sheets and Towels a Second Life," 1 July 2018 Seventeen models, all people of color, opened the show wearing all-white looks, followed by more in neon, tie-dye, and elaborate prints — some of which were pulled straight out of The Wizard of Oz. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Hugging Is the Coolest Thing You Can Do Right Now," 21 June 2018 Today, Davidson sported a pair of slide sandals with tie-dye Ariana Grande merch. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Celebrities Are Slipping Into Love Like a Pair of Slide Sandals," 13 July 2018 To partake in the tie-dying, bring $10 for a T-shirt at the event or pack two of your own items to tie-dye for a flat rate of $5. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "Taylor Swift, 'Star Wars' with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and other great events in Philadelphia, July 13-20," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The fabric and lining used are both 100% organic silk ecologically dyed, the threads are 100% organic cotton and everything is certificated as GOTS: Global Organic Textile Standard. Fox News, "Tom Brady mocked for Met Gala outfit," 8 May 2018 Several models at Marc Jacobs got their hair dyed backstage. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "16 Dazzling, Amazing, Absurd Moments From New York Fashion Week," 15 Feb. 2018 When the adoption is final, the girl wants to dye the tips of her wavy brown hair purple. Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati.com, "Girl who lost parents to heroin starts over: `I want a family'," 27 June 2018 Some of those hats are are being blocked at the moment; they’re being formed into shapes and the fabric has already been dyed. Kate Samuelson, Time, "A Royal Hat Designer Breaks Down the Fancy Hats You'll See at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding," 11 May 2018 One of them is Alex, an American citizen like most children in the trailer park, with a wardrobe of Cleveland Cavaliers T-shirts and frosted tips dyed orange at the barbershop inside Walmart. Eli Saslow, Washington Post, "After raid, immigrant families are separated in the American heartland," 30 June 2018 From dyeing them blue to rocking them with natural textures, these new takes on the classic style feel youthful, cool, and modern. refinery29.com, "Hollywood's Biggest 2018 Hair Trend Is A Total Throwback," 27 Mar. 2018 One of them is Alex, an American citizen like most children in the trailer park, with a wardrobe of Cleveland Cavaliers T-shirts and frosted tips dyed orange at the barbershop inside Walmart. Eli Saslow, Anchorage Daily News, "Raids are separating families in the heartland," 1 July 2018 To complement the saturated colors in the room, Bikoff dyed a 1920s Chinese deco rug peacock blue, and accented it with a Murano glass coffee table. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "House Tour: A Soho Apartment That Blends Whimsical Colors With Antique Furniture," 3 Nov. 2016

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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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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 \

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 \

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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