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

[with object]
  • 1Add 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’
    • ‘In acid dyes, which are good for dyeing wool, silk, and acrylics, the chromophores are part of a negative ion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I must admit that I do find it hilarious that she's cut her hair short and dyed it blonde for the role.’
    • ‘Taking a spare molex extension cable, I vinyl dyed it black and put a cable tie around it to keep the wires from tangling.’
    • ‘His brown hair was dyed blonde, but just a little so it just looked highlighted.’
    • ‘On the advice of her lawyers, she dyed her hair platinum blonde and wore a two-piece black suit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Paper pulp is dyed with textile dyes and cut images are pressed into the paper when wet.’
    • ‘She had used the black hair dye to dye the bottom five inches of her flaming red hair black.’
    • ‘She will probably recommend that you dye the pants black or a very dark color.’
    • ‘Today, the indigo used to dye the heavy cotton fibers to make denim is produced synthetically.’
    • ‘Wang Lung dyes eggs in red dye to distribute to other villagers in honor of the birth of his first male child.’
    • ‘Leather can be dyed with a sort of liquid stain - think about dyeing a pair of shoes or a handbag.’
    • ‘I can dye your hair blonde and put on some make up.’
    • ‘She wore yellow contact lenses, her hair was dyed black with red streaks, and she had numerous piercings.’
    • ‘As soon as she was well enough to walk, she dyed her clothes black and staggered out onto the street.’
    • ‘Her long, black hair was dyed fuchsia at the tips and was streaked with blond.’
    • ‘She wore black and she had dyed her hair black, but the blonde roots were beginning to grow out.’
    • ‘Max and Matthew are twins and they look completely similar except that Max dyed his blond hair black.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    colour, tint, pigment, stain, wash, colour-wash, tinge, shade
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    1. 1.1no object Take colour well or badly during the dyeing process.
      ‘it's good material—it should dye well’

Phrases

  • dyed in the wool

    • Unchanging in a particular belief or opinion; inveterate.

      ‘she's a true blue dyed-in-the-wool Conservative’
      • ‘Being a dyed in the wool researcher, he uncovers many facts not generally known, in his quest for the real origins of present day English.’
      • ‘Being a dyed in the wool racer, I admit I will watch anything going round and round, even if it has a lawn mower engine.’
      • ‘This guy used to be a dyed in the wool reactionary but I've noticed that lately he's been well… pretty sensible and rational.’
      • ‘She was a dyed in the wool Londoner and his family didn't really approve.’
      • ‘Telling this sort of thing to dyed in the wool liberals is guaranteed to wind them up and inevitably turns the whole thing into a slanging match.’
      • ‘A haunter of bookshops since his childhood, spent north and west of Kensington Gardens, he was a dyed in the wool bookman, and was perhaps the last Man of Letters to have read ‘everything’.’
      • ‘My grandfather, who is a dear man, but a dyed in the wool Socialist, told me that the general was a traitor to his race for taking a job with third administration.’
      • ‘There is nothing for you here - I'm a dyed in the wool centre lefter.’
      • ‘Well, I suppose if you were a Dodger fan you might have a different view of things, but, as I am a dyed in the wool Angel fan, I was ecstatic with our 9-shelling of the Dodger bullpen.’
      • ‘Now I am a dyed in the wool Alabama fan, but I must admit I had a great time at the game.’
      inveterate, confirmed, entrenched, established, long-established, long-standing, deep-rooted, diehard, complete, absolute, utter, thorough, thoroughgoing, out-and-out, true blue, through and through
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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/