dry1 W2S2 [draı] adj comparative drier superlative driest
1¦(not wet)¦
3 dry mouth/skin/lips/hair etc
4 run/go dry
7 dry cough
8 dry wine/sherry etc
9¦(without alcohol)¦
11 dry bread/toast
13 not a dry eye in the house
[: Old English; Origin: dryge]
1.) ¦(NOT WET)¦
without water or liquid inside or on the surface
≠ ↑wet
I need to change into some dry clothes .
Make sure that the surface is clean and dry before you start to paint.
You should store disks in a cool, dry place.
shake/rub/wipe etc sth dry
Jean rubbed her hair dry.
The path is dry as a bone (=very dry) .
→↑bone dry
2.) ¦(WEATHER)¦
having very little rain or ↑moisture
≠ ↑wet
The weather was hot and dry.
Eastern areas should stay dry tomorrow.
the dry season
These plants do not grow well in dry conditions (=when there is not much rain) .
a prolonged dry spell (=period)
3.) dry mouth/skin/lips/hair etc
without enough of the liquid or oil that is normally in your mouth, skin etc
His heart was pounding and his mouth was dry.
Mary has dry, sensitive skin.
a shampoo for dry hair
She licked her dry lips.
4.) run/go dry
if a lake, river etc runs dry, all the water gradually disappears, especially because there has been no rain
The river ran dry last summer.
5.) ¦(HUMOUR)¦
someone with a dry sense of humour says funny and clever things while seeming to be serious
He had a delightfully dry sense of humour.
6.) ¦(BORING)¦
boring, very serious, and without humour
In schools, science is often presented in a dry and uninteresting manner.
a dry debate on policies
7.) dry cough
a cough which does not produce any ↑phlegm
8.) dry wine/sherry etc
wine etc that is not sweet
a glass of dry white wine
not drinking alcohol, or not allowing any alcohol to be sold
Paula had been dry for a year before she started drinking again.
Kuwait's a dry country.
showing no emotion when you speak
'Good evening gentlemen,' he said, in a dry voice.
11.) dry bread/toast
bread etc eaten on its own without anything such as butter or ↑jam spread on it
12.) ¦(THIRSTY)¦ informal
13.) not a dry eye in the house
used to say that everyone was crying because something was very sad - often used humorously
>dryness n [U]
→↑drip-dry, dry rot,home and dry athome2 (6), leave sb high and dry athigh2 (5), ↑dryly
dry 2
dry2 W3S2 past tense and past participle dried present participle drying third person singular dries
v [I and T]
Phrasal verbs
 dry off
 dry out
 dry up
1.) to make something dry, or to become dry
Mrs Brown hung the washing on the line to dry.
He was drying his hair with a towel.
Mary dried her hands .
Leave the first coat of paint to dry before adding another.
She stood up and dried her eyes (=wiped away her tears) .
dry yourself
He quickly dried himself on the thin towel.
2.) also dry up BrE
to rub plates, dishes etc dry with a cloth after they have been washed
You wash and I'll dry.
Shall I dry up these glasses?
dry off phr v
to become dry or to make something dry, especially on the surface
We swam in the sea, then stretched out on the sand to dry off.
dry sth<=>off
He dried the camera off, hoping it would still work.
dry out phr v
1.) to become completely dry or to make something completely dry, especially after it has been very wet
In summer, water the plants regularly and never let the soil dry out.
dry sth<=>out
The kitchen was flooded and it took ages to dry it out.
2.) dry (sb) out
to stop drinking alcohol after you have become an ↑alcoholic, or to make someone do this
He's been drying out at a private clinic.
The hospital dried Michael out and sent him home.
dry up phr v
1.) ¦(COME TO AN END)¦
if a supply of something dries up, it comes to an end and no more is available
Foreign investment may dry up.
The work soon dried up.
if something such as a river dries up, the water in it disappears
Across central and west Texas, waterholes and wells have dried up.
dry sth<=>up
Taking too much water for household use is drying up the river.
if someone dries up, they stop talking
'It was -' She dried up again.
Everyone became embarrassed and conversation dried up.
BrE to rub plates, dishes etc dry with a cloth after they have been washed
dry sth<=>up
I'll just dry up these mugs and we can have a coffee.

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