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Definition of dry verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

dry

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//draɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//draɪ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dry
BrE BrE//draɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//draɪ//
 
he / she / it dries
BrE BrE//draɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//draɪz//
 
past simple dried
BrE BrE//draɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//draɪd//
 
past participle dried
BrE BrE//draɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//draɪd//
 
-ing form drying
BrE BrE//ˈdraɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdraɪɪŋ//
 
 
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 (dries, drying, dried, dried) [intransitive, transitive] to become dry; to make something dry He did the laundry and hung it out to dry. Be careful. The paint hasn't dried yet. You wash the dishes and I'll dry. dry something Use this towel to dry your hands. dry your hair to dry your eyes/tears (= stop crying) Word Origin Old English drȳge (adjective), drȳgan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Middle Low German dröge, Dutch droog, and German trocken.Extra examples Allow the paper to dry overnight. Always dry clothes thoroughly before you wear them again. Funds have completely dried up. It’s been so hot this year that the pond has dried up completely. It’s best to let your hair dry naturally. Wait until the paint has completely dried. We left the wood in the shed to dry out. Phrasal Verbsdry offdry outdry outdry updry up
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