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English definition of “dry”

dry

adjective uk   /draɪ/ (drier, driest) us  

dry adjective (NOT WET)

A2 describes something that has no water or other liquid in, on, or around it: I hung his wet trousers on the radiator, but they're not dry yet. These plants grow well in dry soil/a dry climate. This cake's a bit dry - I think I overcooked it. run dry If a river or other area of water runs dry, the water gradually disappears from it: By this time all the wells had run dry. C1 describes hair or skin that does not have enough of the natural oils that make it soft and smooth: a shampoo for dry hair describes bread when it is plain, without butter, jam, etc.: All I was offered was a piece of dry bread and an apple!

dry adjective (BORING)

C2 disapproving If a book, talk, subject, etc. is dry, it is not interesting.

dry adjective (NO ALCOHOL)

without alcoholic drinks: a dry wedding a dry bar a dry state (= a place that does not allow alcohol)

dry adjective (NOT SWEET)

C1 If wine or another alcoholic drink is dry, it does not taste sweet: dry cider/martini/sherry/wine On the whole, I prefer dry wines to sweet ones.

dry adjective (HUMOUR)

approving Dry humour is very funny in a way that is clever and not obvious: a dry sense of humour a dry wit
dryness
noun [U] uk   /ˈdraɪ.nəs/ us  
The wine has just enough dryness to balance its fruitiness. The meat was juicy with no hint of dryness.

dry

noun uk   /draɪ/ us  
the dry UK a place where the conditions are not wet, especially when compared to somewhere where the conditions are wet: You're soaked - come into the dry.

dry

verb [I or T] uk   /draɪ/ us  
A2 to become dry, or to make something become dry: Will this paint dry by tomorrow? Hang the clothes up to dry. The fruit is dried in the sun. dry the dishes (UK also dry up (the dishes), UK do the drying (up)) to dry plates, knives, forks, etc. after they have been washed
(Definition of dry from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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