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

      

    fry

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//fraɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fraɪ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fry
    BrE BrE//fraɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fraɪ//
     
    he / she / it fries
    BrE BrE//fraɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fraɪz//
     
    past simple fried
    BrE BrE//fraɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fraɪd//
     
    past participle fried
    BrE BrE//fraɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fraɪd//
     
    -ing form frying
    BrE BrE//ˈfraɪɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfraɪɪŋ//
     
    Ways of cooking
     
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  1. 1  [transitive, intransitive] fry (something) to cook something in hot fat or oil; to be cooked in hot fat or oil fried fish the smell of bacon frying related noun fry-up CollocationsCookingPreparing prepare a dish/​a meal/​a menu/​dinner/​the fish weigh out 100g/4oz of sugar/​the ingredients wash/​rinse the lettuce/​spinach/​watercress chop/​slice/​dice the carrots/​onions/​potatoes peel the carrots/​onion/​potatoes/​garlic/​orange grate a carrot/​the cheese/​some nutmeg remove/​discard the bones/​seeds/​skin blend/​combine/​mix (together) the flour and water/​all the ingredients beat/​whisk the cream/​eggs/​egg whites knead/​shape/​roll (out) the doughCooking heat the oil in a frying pan preheat/​heat the oven/(British English) the grill/(North American English) the broiler bring to (British English) the boil/(North American English) a boil stir constantly/​gently with a wooden spoon reduce the heat simmer gently for 20 minutes/​until reduced by half melt the butter/​chocolate/​cheese/​sugar brown the meat for 8–20 minutes drain the pasta/​the water from the pot/​in a colander mash the potatoes/​banana/​avocadoWays of cooking cook food/​fish/​meat/​rice/​pasta/​a Persian dish bake (a loaf of) bread/​a cake/(especially North American English) cookies/(British English) biscuits/​a pie/​potatoes/​fish/​scones/​muffins boil cabbage/​potatoes/​an egg/​water fry/​deep-fry/​stir-fry the chicken/​vegetables grill meat/​steak/​chicken/​sausages/​a hot dog roast potatoes/​peppers/​meat/​chicken/​lamb sauté garlic/​mushrooms/​onions/​potatoes/​vegetables steam rice/​vegetables/​spinach/​asparagus/​dumplings toast bread/​nuts microwave food/​popcorn/(British English) a ready mealServing serve in a glass/​on a bed of rice/​with potatoes arrange the slices on a plate/​in a layer carve the meat/​lamb/​chicken/​turkey dress/​toss a salad dress with/​drizzle with olive oil/​vinaigrette top with a slice of lemon/​a scoop of ice cream/​whipped cream/​syrup garnish with a sprig of parsley/​fresh basil leaves/​lemon wedges/​a slice of lime/​a twist of orange sprinkle with salt/​sugar/​herbs/​parsley/​freshly ground black pepper see also stir-fry See related entries: Ways of cooking
  2. 2[intransitive] (informal) to be burnt by the sun You'll fry on the beach if you're not careful.
  3. Word Originverb Middle English: from Old French frire, from Latin frigere. Extra examplesFry the vegetables gently in oil. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and stir- fry for 10 seconds. Heat the oil and deep-fry the carrot and cabbage. I woke up to the smell of bacon frying. fried fish/​eggsIdioms
    have bigger/other fish to fry
     
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    to have more important or more interesting things to do
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