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dryadjective

 us   /drɑɪ/

dry adjective (NOT WET)

[-er/-est only] without water or liquid in, on, or around something: Are the clothes dry yet? [-er/-est only] If hair or skin is dry, it lacks natural oils: Do you have a shampoo for dry hair? [-er/-est only] If the weather is dry, there is very little water in the air and no chance of rain.

dry adjective (NO ALCOHOL)

dry adjective (NOT INTERESTING)

[-er/-est only] not interesting or exciting: The book is packed with information but it is a little dry.

dry adjective (AMUSING)

[-er/-est only] amusing in a way that is not obvious: a dry wit

dryverb [I/T]

 us   /drɑɪ/ (present tense dries, present participle drying, past tense and past participle dried)

dry verb [I/T] (REMOVE WATER)

to become dry, or to remove water from something : [I] I can’t go out until my hair dries. [T] The woman dried her hands on a towel and returned to the table. [I] If you don’t keep food covered, it dries out.
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