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 The dye is then applied using one of three methods. Anna Logan, House Beautiful, 30 June 2021 Those who worked in other buildings making colored-smoke grenades had hair and skin that matched the dye – yellow, purple, green. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 30 May 2021 Two of the researchers involved in the discovery from UC Davis, Pamela Denish and Justin Siege, created a startup called Peak B to explore commercial applications for the food dye. Lana Bandoim, Forbes, 25 May 2021 This spring, meanwhile, checkerboard knits also took over, a graphic alternative to the hippie tie-dye. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 13 May 2021 The dye is left on for a few minutes to attain optimal color, then any excess is removed with a damp paper towel. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 Apr. 2021 After creating variations of a beet concoction, Taylor combined the dye with the sutures to create an item that could detect infection at the correct pH levels, completing Phase 1 of her research by February 2020. Anjali Huynh And Michelle Krupa, CNN, 17 Apr. 2021 Next, Taylor had to find a suture thread that would hold onto the dye. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Mar. 2021 Add the eggs to the strained dye and let soak for at least 30 minutes. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 17 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Friends who take hormone shots for you, schedule appointments around you, cut back on coffee and wait to dye their hair until the second trimester for you. Keith Bierygolick, The Enquirer, 14 July 2021 Artisans could dye the leather different colors and decorate it with tooled patterns, often adding the owner’s initials or coat of arms in gold. Brenda Cronin, WSJ, 11 June 2021 Gotham had a variant of the Joker, Jerome, but wasn’t allowed to use the name or weirdly, dye his hair green. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 20 June 2021 Keeping this in mind, read on to find out exactly how to dye Easter eggs with food coloring. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 8 Mar. 2021 Asked to upcycle an unloved tee, Cheng decided the best option would be to dye it with natural materials. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 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, 9 Apr. 2021 To create that hybrid shade of mint and lime green, Bryan had to dye the feathers in-house. Shannon Carlin, Vulture, 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, 25 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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“Dye.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dye. Accessed 29 Jul. 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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