[ dahy ]
/ daɪ /
a coloring material or matter.
a liquid containing coloring matter, for imparting a particular hue to cloth, paper, etc.
color or hue, especially as produced by dyeing.
verb (used with object), dyed, dye·ing.
to color or stain; treat with a dye; color (cloth, hair, etc.) with a substance containing coloring matter: to dye a dress green.
to impart (color) by means of a dye: The coloring matter dyed green.
verb (used without object), dyed, dye·ing.
to impart color, as a dye: This brand dyes well.
to become colored or absorb color when treated with a dye: This cloth dyes easily.
Words nearby dye
Idioms for dye
of the deepest/blackest dye, of the most extreme or the worst sort: a prevaricator of the blackest dye.
Origin of dye
before 1000; Middle English dien, Old English dēagian, derivative of dēag a dye
OTHER WORDS FROM dye
dy·a·ble, dye·a·ble, adjectivedy·er, nounre·dye, verb (used with object), re·dyed, re·dy·ing.un·dy·a·ble, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH dyedie dye
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British Dictionary definitions for redying
/ (daɪ) /
a staining or colouring substance, such as a natural or synthetic pigment
a liquid that contains a colouring material and can be used to stain fabrics, skins, etc
the colour or shade produced by dyeing
verb dyes, dyeing or dyed
(tr) to impart a colour or stain to (something, such as fabric or hair) by or as if by the application of a dye
Derived forms of dyedyable or dyeable, adjectivedyer, noun
Word Origin for dye
Old English dēagian, from dēag a dye; related to Old High German tugōn to change, Lettish dūkans dark
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Medical definitions for redying
[ dī ]
A substance used to color materials or substances, such as cells, tissues, and microorganisms.
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