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 bump shot shows the 34-year-old mom wearing loose-fitting white pants and black and white sneakers, with a tie-dye t-shirt pulled up over about half of her bump. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 15 Sep. 2022 Those wo attend the official kickoff at Lyndhurst Home Days can, in addition to picking up their event registration packet, tally some points and get an official event tie-dye shirt. cleveland, 18 Aug. 2022 According to Roxanne, Olivia was last seen wearing a tie-dye shirt, shorts, and flip-flops. Kyani Reid, NBC News, 9 Aug. 2022 The beauty entrepreneur and model recently wore an oversized tie-dye shirt by Acne Studios with comfy Adidas Samba sneakers, white socks, and classic black sunglasses while out and about in Beverly Hills — and we're inspired to follow suit. Jennifer Chan, PEOPLE.com, 1 July 2022 Blue was photographed hanging on the football field before the game and on the side with her dad, wearing a tie-dye shirt, black pants, sunglasses, a black baseball cap, and statement sneakers. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 14 Feb. 2022 The $30 tie-dye T-shirt is available for preorder on Pedigree Foundation's DOGS RULE online store until Tuesday, April 13. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 12 Apr. 2021 Amid screams and smoke, a man in a tie-dye T-shirt pulled an officer to the ground and punched him in the face, before disappearing into the chaos, according to charging documents. Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2020 For World Mental Health Day, which took place on October 10, Hailey posted a picture of herself rocking a tie-dye Joe Biden t-shirt. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, 13 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Willa gray really wanted to dye my hair orange today so…. Hannah Chubb, Peoplemag, 3 Aug. 2022 Winston eventually invited Tyler over to her house to learn how to dye materials and became her assistant shortly after. San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 July 2022 During recent joint appearances with her fiancé, Machine Gun Kelly, the actress went monochrome in hot pink—even going so far as to dye her hair a pastel blush color. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 July 2022 The move resonated with Canadian women who have faced societal pressure to dye their hair. Claire Parker, Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2022 Using lukewarm water, rinse all of the hair dye out and follow by washing with the dpHue Shampoo and Conditioner, which also comes in the kit. Nicol Natale, Peoplemag, 5 Aug. 2022 Elsewhere, of course, dark-haired people dye their hair blond. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 3 June 2022 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 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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