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

color, colorant, coloring, dyestuff, pigment, stain

Synonyms: Verb

bepaint [archaic], 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

There are not one but two tees that speak to our collective love of tie-dye. Bon Appétit, "The Bon Appétit Shop Is Live," 20 Aug. 2019 Using this dye has always left my garments super black and there is zero transfer if done correctly. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "How to Wash Jeans Properly, According to Denim Experts," 16 Aug. 2019 Their outfits already provide enough inspiration for our daily wardrobe choices, and their colorful hair was made for those who want to make a change, but aren't ready to go full neon with their dye. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "The Best Back-to-School Hairstyles Including BTS, Kylie Jenner, Yara Shahidi, and More," 16 Aug. 2019 The Deal: Clairol is putting nearly all of their box dyes and root touch-up products on sale, with everything between 30-50% off. refinery29.com, "The Pro's Guide To The Best Beauty Haul For Amazon Prime Day," 15 July 2019 Our favorite day trip was combining the otherworldly hot springs of Hierve al Agua and Teotitlan, a dusty weaving village known for its natural dyes. Anna Deutsch, Harper's BAZAAR, "Just Back From…Oaxaca, Mexico," 22 May 2019 The emerald green gowns, gloves, carpets, and wallpaper that came into vogue in Victorian Britain, which appeared extra brilliant thanks to the arsenic in their dye, resulted in scabs, sores, and organ failure. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Why cadmium, a metal that can cause kidney and bone damage, is still used in jewelry," 12 Oct. 2018 The ancient people used dye. The team found rocks with streaks of pigment, blocks of iron-rich minerals used to make ochre and other colors, and pretty colored stones carried from afar. NBC News, "Did climate change help modern humans emerge?," 15 Mar. 2018 The Olympic Harmony Fade collection includes goggles and sunglasses tuned for the snow by using dyes in the lens creation designed to absorb certain light transmission in an effort to enhance contrast on the white snow and ice. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Get to Know the Tech Behind the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics," 8 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

To finish off her rocker look, Pitts' long hair was dyed blue, with eyebrows to match. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Mo Pop Festival brings eccentric artists, fashionistas together for two days of music," 29 July 2019 My hair is dyed and often feels dry and brittle at times. Shauna Beni, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Travel Hair Products for Every Type of Hair Texture," 23 July 2019 The pants look like they’ve been dyed with Mountain Dew and there’s a hideous white stripe running down the side of them. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "Michigan State’s Abominable Neon Uniforms Are Worse Than We Feared," 5 Aug. 2019 On Thursday night, the singer uploaded a photo to Instagram of her 8-year-old daughter Willow getting her hair dyed blue. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "Pink Shows Support For Jessica Simpson By Dyeing Her Own Daughter's Hair," 2 Aug. 2019 Some pearls come in various colors, natural, blue and pink, and others are dyed, Weaver explains. Rebecca Sallee | For Al.com, al, "Meet Madison County’s ‘Pearl Lady’," 31 July 2019 Not only are the tie-dye pieces cloud puff soft, the sweaters and tanks are dyed so that the colors maintain their vibrancy (even after a few washes). Teen Vogue, "This Celeb-Approved Brand Is Releasing The Ultimate Tie-Dye Collection," 9 July 2019 Chain, who repeatedly pulled at his long, dark hair that was dyed magenta at the ends, thanked the judge in a deep gravelly voice. Fox News, "Man faces charges he threatened journalists to defend Trump," 31 Aug. 2018 The boxes are dyed black to attract heat and have an open bottom to allow entry. Corey Dockser, BostonGlobe.com, "Wenham scout builds homes for bats," 24 July 2019

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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

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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