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dry1 [ draı ] adjective ***
▸ 1 with no water in/on it
▸ 2 without rain
▸ 3 hair/skin: rough
▸ 4 food: with little liquid
▸ 5 joking in serious way
▸ 6 writing: boring/serious
▸ 7 thirsty
▸ 8 alcohol: not sweet
▸ 9 used about a child
▸ 10 without alcohol
▸ + PHRASES
1. ) something that is dry has no water in it or on it:
Is the grass dry enough to mow?
Vegetables should be stored in a cool dry place.
wipe/towel/pat something dry: Rinse the fish and pat it dry.
a ) used about a liquid such as paint when it has become hard or solid:
Someone walked on the concrete before it was dry.
b ) as dry as a bone completely dry
─ opposite WET
2. ) dry weather is when there is no rain:
The weather is usually dry and sunny at this time of year.
a ) used about periods of time:
Tomorrow will be mostly dry.
b ) used about regions:
warm dry places like southern Spain
─ opposite WET
3. ) dry hair or skin feels rough because it does not have enough MOISTURE in it
─ opposite GREASY
4. ) dry food contains little or no liquid, such as fat or juice:
The chicken was overcooked and dry.
All they gave me was some dry bread (=with no butter or anything else on it).
5. ) dry humor involves saying funny things in a serious way
6. ) very serious and boring:
The style was too pompous and dry for a children's book.
7. ) feeling thirsty:
Can I have a drink? I'm really dry.
a ) if your mouth is dry, it contains very little SALIVA, for example because you are nervous
8. ) dry alcoholic drinks are not sweet:
dry white wine
9. ) a child that is dry does not need to wear a DIAPER because they can control when they URINATE
10. ) a dry country does not allow any alcohol to be sold there
not a dry eye (in the house) SPOKEN
used for saying that something makes everyone in a place feel strong emotion
╾ dry|ness noun uncount
dry
dry 2 [ draı ] verb **
1. ) transitive to remove the water from something by wiping it, heating it, or blowing air onto it:
We washed and dried all the sheets.
Dry your hands on this towel.
a ) intransitive to become dry:
I usually let my hair dry naturally.
b ) dry or dry up intransitive or transitive to wipe the water off dishes after they have been washed:
Whose turn is it to dry?
2. ) intransitive if a liquid such as paint dries, it becomes hard or solid:
Leave the varnish to dry overnight.
3. ) transitive usually passive to remove the water from food or plants as a way of preserving them:
dried fruit/herbs/flowers
4. ) intransitive to stop talking because you have forgotten what you were going to say
dry your eyes SPOKEN
a kind way of telling someone to stop crying
,dry `off phrasal verb intransitive or transitive
if something dries off or you dry it off, all the water dries or is wiped from its surface:
Wash the salad and leave it to dry off.
dry yourself off: He got out of the shower and dried himself off.
,dry `out phrasal verb intransitive or transitive
1. ) if something dries out or is dried out, some or all the water comes out of it:
Water the ground regularly to stop it from drying out.
2. ) INFORMAL to give up drinking alcohol, or to help someone do this, especially by getting medical treatment
,dry `up phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive or transitive if something dries up or is dried up, all the water comes out of it:
The land had dried up and no crops would grow.
2. ) intransitive to stop being available:
What will happen to the project when the money dries up?
3. ) intransitive to stop talking because you do not know what to say
a ) SPOKEN used for rudely telling someone to stop talking
4. ) intransitive or transitive same as DRY 2 1B

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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