Meaning of DYE in English

I. ˈdī noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English dehe, from Old English dēah, dēag; akin to Old English dīegol secret, hidden, Old Saxon dōgalnussi secret, hiding place, Old High German tugōn to become variegated, tougan dark, hidden, secret, Latin fumus smoke — more at fume

1. : color produced by dyeing

2. : a natural or especially a synthetic coloring matter whether soluble or insoluble that is used to color materials (as textiles, paper, leather, or plastics) usually from a solution or fine dispersion and sometimes with the aid of a mordant — called also dyestuff ; compare pigment , stain , tint ; see dye table

- of deepest dye

II. verb

( dyed ; dyed ; dyeing ; dyes )

Etymology: Middle English dyen, from Old English dēagian, dēgian, from dēag, dēah

transitive verb

1. : to color throughout : impart a new and often permanent color to especially by impregnating with a dye — compare dyeing 1 : stain , tint


a. : to impart (a color) by dyeing

dye a blue over a yellow

b. : to cause (a dye) to be applied

3. : to color or tinge in any way

a warm flush dyed her cheeks — Ellen Glasgow

: stain

dyed his hands in the blood of innocents

intransitive verb

: to take up or impart color in dyeing

wool dyes readily with acid dyes

level dyeing properties of acid dyes

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