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verb dry pronunciation in American English /draɪ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participledrying
past tensedried
past participledried
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  1. 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.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to become dry
    2. b.



      dry up

      [intransitive/transitive] to wipe the water off dishes after they have been washed

      Whose turn is it to dry?

  2. 2
    [intransitive] if a liquid such as paint dries, it becomes hard or solid

    Leave the varnish to dry overnight.

  3. 3
    [transitive] [usually passive] to remove the water from food or plants as a way of preserving them
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  4. 4
    [intransitive] to stop talking because you have forgotten what you were going to say


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