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English definition of “dry”


adjective [-er/-est only] (NOT WET)   /drɑɪ/
without water or liquid in, on, or around something: Are the clothes dry yet? If hair or skin is dry, it lacks natural oils: Do you have a shampoo for dry hair? If the weather is dry, there is very little water in the air and no chance of rain.
(Definition of dry adjective (NOT WET) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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