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

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 line continues to carry a ’70s aesthetic — bright colors, tie-dye, denim and rhinestones, and is an examination of unisex streetwear, with spacious silhouettes, nods to athleisure, and graphic T-shirts. Tara C. Mahadevan, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago designer Letesha Renee’s Eugene Taylor Brand celebrates unisex, genderless clothes," 5 Dec. 2019 Kendall wore the matching Tasha set in brown tie-dye, which is still available to shop from Frankies Bikinis. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall and Kylie Jenner's Thanksgiving Celebration Was Lit," 30 Nov. 2019 While Lizzie’s wardrobe is definitely on-par with the 2019 trends (tie-dye and high-waisted denim, included), Duff kept her jewelry true to the original character. Katie Intner, PEOPLE.com, "It's Time to Talk about Lizzie McGuire's 2019 Wardrobe: See Hilary Duff's Latest Photo from Set," 20 Nov. 2019 Grateful Dead devotee Shepherd is a proud, ponytailed, tie-dye wearing Grateful Dead fan. Janet Eastman, oregonlive, "This Oregon chocolatier makes gruesome and delicious voodoo bunnies and brains for Halloween," 28 Oct. 2019 Buy a George Washington-style wig and dip the ends in pink fabric dye. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "These 'Masked Singer' Halloween Costumes Are the Biggest Mic Drop of All Time," 21 June 2019 In the 1980s, several compounds in hair dye were found to cause cancer in animals. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Graphene Hair Dye Is Gentle on Your Locks. But Is It Safe?," 21 Mar. 2018 The 32-year-old actress rocked Ultracor’s Gradient Velvet Knockout Leggings ($198; ultracor.com) along with a stylish purple tie-dye sweatshirt, navy beanie, and chunky sunglasses, and is truly the epitome of cool mom. Susan Brickell, Health.com, "Hilary Duff is Wearing the Most Stunning Star Print Leggings in This Adorable Photo With Her Daughter," 10 Dec. 2019 Here white sneakers and a matching bag anchor a tie-dye boiler suit without weighing it down. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "How to Wear a Boiler Suit This Winter," 3 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There are colorful yarns being dyed in jars and beakers. Eric Dusenbery, al, "Meet 5 Alabama artists embracing tactile arts in a digital world," 23 Dec. 2019 The study noted that the risk of breast cancer was lower in women who permanently dyed their hair in a professional setting, like a salon. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Study links hair dyes and chemical straighteners to higher breast cancer risk, particularly among black women," 6 Dec. 2019 The collection was bursting with color: plums and pinks, tangerine and teal, while the hems of white dresses appeared as if dip-dyed with colorful flora. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Paris Fashion Week: Valentino Turns Up the Volume With Starry Front Row," 30 Sep. 2019 Kunis, who is married to Ashton Kutcher, was seen out in Los Angeles with long bleach blonde hair dip-dyed with turquoise tips. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Mila Kunis Just Debuted Bleach Blonde (and Teal!) Hair," 25 Sep. 2019 After asking Michigan fans to donate money to The ChadTough Foundation by promising to dye his hair orange in December, Winovich watched as fans donated more than $200,000 toward the cause. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Chase Winovich's ChadTough fundraiser a big boost for DIPG research," 8 Feb. 2018 Watterson is about 5-foot-7 and 120 pounds, has brown hair that is currently dyed teal, a tattoo of an eye on her left shoulder and a tattoo of a fairy on a spider web on her left arm. oregonlive, "Sheriff’s office will continue search for missing woman without volunteers, following clues found Thursday," 27 Dec. 2019 Today’s festival includes sheepdog trials, sheepherder hikes, Basque dance performances, and Zapotec botanical wool-dyeing classes. Caitlin Etherton, National Geographic, "These are the 7 best fall festivals in the United States," 15 Oct. 2019 For Clem, getting her hair dyed and highlighted at Dirty Blonde Salon in Boca Raton is part of her regular routine that won’t be deterred by new research that links chemicals in the dye to breast cancer risk. Cindy Krischer Goodman, orlandosentinel.com, "Is coloring your hair safe? Study links chemicals in dye, straighteners to breast cancer," 9 Dec. 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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The first known use of dye was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dye.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dyes?show=0&t=1412120647. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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More Definitions for dye

dye

noun
How to pronounce dye (audio)

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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