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adjective dry pronunciation in American English /draɪ/
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  1. 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: Wash the lettuce and pat it dry.
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    1. a.
      used about a liquid such as paint when it has become hard or solid
      Someone walked on the concrete before it was dry.
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  2. 2
    dry weather is when there is no rain
    The weather is usually dry and sunny at this time of year.
    1. a.
      used about periods of time
      Tomorrow will be mostly dry.
    2. b.
      used about regions
      warm dry places like southern Spain
  3. 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).
  4. 6
    very serious and boring
    The style was too dry for a children’s book.

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