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dryadjective

uk   us   /draɪ/ (drier, driest)

dry adjective (NOT WET)

A2 used to describe 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 left it in the oven for too long.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 Dry hair or skin does not have enough of the natural oils that make it soft and smooth: a shampoo for dry hair UK Dry bread is plain, without butter, jam, etc.: All I was offered was a piece of dry bread and an apple!
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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 other alcoholic drinks are dry, they do not taste sweet: dry cider/martini/sherry/wine On the whole, I like dry wine better than sweet.

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   us   /ˈdraɪ.nəs/
The wine has just enough dryness to balance its fruitiness. The meat was juicy with no hint of dryness.

drynoun

uk   us   /draɪ/
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.

dryverb [I or T]

uk   us   /draɪ/
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
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