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verb dry pronunciation in British 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
      I usually let my hair dry naturally.
    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
    [transitive] [usually passive] to remove the water from food or plants as a way of preserving them
    dried fruit/herbs/flowers
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  3. 3
    [intransitive] if a liquid such as paint dries, it becomes hard or solid
    Leave the varnish to dry overnight.


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