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dry

adjective uk   /draɪ/ (drier, driest) us  

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   /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
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