Definition of dye in English:

dye

noun

  • [mass noun] A natural or synthetic substance used to add a colour to or change the colour of something.

    ‘blonde hair dye’
    [count noun] ‘a black dye’
    • ‘I had bought a box of black hair dye earlier with the intention of using it, but had lost my nerve when I got home with it.’
    • ‘Shelves lined the walls containing hair dye, gel, conditioner and a wide variety of shampoos and shaving lotions.’
    • ‘In 1856 a colour was discovered, mauve, our first synthetic dye.’
    • ‘I washed the black dye out of my hair and bleached it a bright white-blonde.’
    • ‘Ammonia in hair dye softens the hair shaft to allow the colourant to penetrate and adhere to it.’
    • ‘This article deals with the printmaking process, the color dyes and the papers used.’
    • ‘Biologists have long used fluorescent dyes that selectively attach to particular molecules, allowing them to detect certain cells or proteins in a sample.’
    • ‘Urzela, a natural substance used in dyes, was another imported crop.’
    • ‘To pick out fingerprints, for example, they often dust with fluorescent dye under a black light.’
    • ‘His black hair dye, piercings, and all of the other punk-related objects were gone.’
    • ‘I quickly made way to the hair dye and looked at the many colors.’
    • ‘After the yarn had been spun it would be dyed using natural dyes.’
    • ‘Gia bleached her hair blond and Josh liked playing with hair dye.’
    • ‘Natural dye from the juice of pokeberries splashed a rosy glow on the cheeks.’
    • ‘The woman couldn't help but feel a little envious, seeing how natural her hair looked without any dye in it at all.’
    • ‘One of the major practical applications of chromophore chemistry is in the manufacture of synthetic dyes, or dyestuffs, for textiles.’
    • ‘We've used some vegetable dyes with varying success.’
    • ‘Tattoo dyes, particularly red dye, can cause allergic skin reactions, resulting in an itchy rash at the tattoo site.’
    • ‘For the most part, though, manufacturers adopted recipes using synthetic dyes, or mixtures of synthetic and natural dyes, to provide whatever colors were in demand.’
    • ‘It was made with natural and synthetic dyes on wool.’
    colourant, colouring agent, colouring, colour, dyestuff, pigment, tint, stain, wash
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Add a colour to or change the colour of (something) by soaking it in a solution impregnated with a dye.

    [with complement] ‘I dyed my hair blonde’
    ‘dyed black hair’
    • ‘Taking a spare molex extension cable, I vinyl dyed it black and put a cable tie around it to keep the wires from tangling.’
    • ‘Her long, black hair was dyed fuchsia at the tips and was streaked with blond.’
    • ‘‘When your mom takes you to the store to buy your hair dye and then dyes it for you, you're not getting the true meaning of punk,’ he states.’
    • ‘She left Lancashire in the mid-1980s to farm on Islay, hand shearing her own rare breed sheep, spinning their wool into yarn, dyeing it with natural dyes and knitting it.’
    • ‘I must admit that I do find it hilarious that she's cut her hair short and dyed it blonde for the role.’
    • ‘I can dye your hair blonde and put on some make up.’
    • ‘Max and Matthew are twins and they look completely similar except that Max dyed his blond hair black.’
    • ‘Leather can be dyed with a sort of liquid stain - think about dyeing a pair of shoes or a handbag.’
    • ‘On the advice of her lawyers, she dyed her hair platinum blonde and wore a two-piece black suit.’
    • ‘Wang Lung dyes eggs in red dye to distribute to other villagers in honor of the birth of his first male child.’
    • ‘She wore yellow contact lenses, her hair was dyed black with red streaks, and she had numerous piercings.’
    • ‘She will probably recommend that you dye the pants black or a very dark color.’
    • ‘She had used the black hair dye to dye the bottom five inches of her flaming red hair black.’
    • ‘Today, the indigo used to dye the heavy cotton fibers to make denim is produced synthetically.’
    • ‘In acid dyes, which are good for dyeing wool, silk, and acrylics, the chromophores are part of a negative ion.’
    • ‘His brown hair was dyed blonde, but just a little so it just looked highlighted.’
    • ‘Since they leave an indelible black stain on everything they touch, they are perhaps best reserved for dyeing sheepskins black, as in the Rio Grande Valley.’
    • ‘She wore black and she had dyed her hair black, but the blonde roots were beginning to grow out.’
    • ‘As soon as she was well enough to walk, she dyed her clothes black and staggered out onto the street.’
    • ‘Paper pulp is dyed with textile dyes and cut images are pressed into the paper when wet.’
    colour, tint, pigment, stain, wash, colour-wash, tinge, shade
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    1. 1.1[no object]Take colour well or badly during the dyeing process.
      ‘it's good material—it should dye well’

Origin

Old English dēag (noun), dēagian (verb). The noun is not recorded from Old English to the late 16th century, when it was re-formed from the verb.

Pronunciation:

dye

/dʌɪ/