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dye

dye

 
 
pronunciation:
daI
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a liquid used to impart color, as to fabrics, or the substance, usu. a powder, from which the liquid is made.
We're changing the color of the fabric with permanent dye.
similar words:
color
definition 2: the color imparted by such a liquid.
They found cloth of just the right greenish dye.
similar words:
stain
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: dyed, dyeing, dyes
definition: to color or stain, esp. by immersing in a dye.
I dyed the curtains blue.Her hair looks like she dyed it.
similar words:
color, pigment, stain, tint
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to color something by using a dye.
Is it safe to dye using your washing machine?
definition 2: to become colored by a dye.
Synthetic fabric does not dye easily.
similar words:
pigment
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derivations: dyable (dyeable) (adj.), dyer (n.)
Homophone Note
The words dye and die sound alike but have different meanings.
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