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

The researchers think this method could be a safer alternative to conventional hair dyes, although more work is needed to confirm that. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Enough with the toxic hair dyes. We could use graphene instead," 15 Mar. 2018 With the support of UNHCR, RefuSHE also encourages economic empowerment by teaching the young women to make colorful scarves using resist-dyeing, a traditional East African technique similar to tie-dye. Alison S. Cohn, Harper's BAZAAR, "Runway of Hope: Angelina Jolie Opens Up About a Different Kind of Fashion Show," 8 Mar. 2018 Yet this recent dye job feels so right on the eve of the most romantic day of the year. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Cardi B Gets a Valentine’s Day Beauty Makeover," 14 Feb. 2019 Her closet is an explosion of tie-dye, fishnets, vegan leather, cropped denim, rainbow stripes, shimmery metallics, and an overload of glitter. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Super-Hot Outfits Perfect for Your Next Concert," 28 Dec. 2018 Melted Crayon Ornament Older kids will love watching broken crayons turn into tie-dye masterpieces with this trash-to-treasure project. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Get the Whole Family Crafting With These Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments," 6 Dec. 2018 And the red paint in the upper layers of the painting bears the chemical signature of red lac (or red lake), a dye made from the laccaic acid found in parts of plants or insects. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "What’s eating this 400-year-old painting? A whole ecosystem of microbes," 11 Dec. 2018 Huntsman is battling over a crown jewel of its business, a black dye used in textiles that is less polluting to make. Bob Davis, WSJ, "How China Systematically Pries Technology From U.S. Companies," 26 Sep. 2018 The series references the Purple March that happened in 1989 — anti-apartheid protesters were sprayed with purple dye for later recognition. Sadé Carpenter, RedEye Chicago, "'In Their Own Form' photography exhibition spotlights vision of Afrofuturism," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Theron tasked celebrity hairstylist Adir Abergel and colorist Tracey Cunningham to dye and chop her hair mere hours before the awards show. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Charlize Theron Just Debuted New Brown Hair at the Oscars," 25 Feb. 2019 The updated series was going to feature a body-positive Heather Chandler with short, dyed hair, chokers and gold rings. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Heathers TV Show Pulled After Santa Fe Shooting: 'This Was a Very Difficult Decision'," 2 June 2018 The leaves, bark, nut shells and onion skins used to dye the yarn sat near her loom. New York Times, "On the Rug Route in Romania, Kilims and an Enduring Culture," 4 May 2018 Sears introduced the first artificial Christmas tree in the 1880s, but Germans are credited with developing a tree of goose feathers dyed green in the generation before that. Alan Berner, The Seattle Times, "Cutting your own Christmas tree: a day of family traditions on a North Bend farm," 8 Dec. 2018 My eight-year-old daughter wants (‘needs’) to dye her hair tonight for school. ... Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, "René Magritte at play with reality at SFMOMA," 21 May 2018 Shoppers can choose to learn how to create indigo dyed patterns at a studio in Brooklyn. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Furniture chain looks to wow customers by selling offsite 'experiences'," 12 Mar. 2018 Parachute sheets are made from 100 percent European flax, are dyed in small batches to retain individuality, and work well for both warm and cool sleepers. Maria Cassano, Allure, "Why Linen Sheets Are Your Skin-Cooling Best Friend During a Heat Wave," 5 Sep. 2018 Thankfully, most of those questionable times are behind us, and our adult hair is now—or seriously should be—dyed in the safety of a salon, with skilled, non-angsty hands. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "How to Go Platinum Blonde Without Destroying Your Hair," 24 Aug. 2018

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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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