Definition of Dry up

1. Verb. Lose water or moisture. "In the desert, you get dehydrated very quickly"

Exact synonyms: Dehydrate, Desiccate, Exsiccate
Generic synonyms: Dry, Dry Out
Derivative terms: Dehydration, Dehydration, Dehydration, Desiccant, Desiccation
Antonyms: Hydrate

2. Verb. Dry up and shrivel due to complete loss of moisture. "A mummified body was found"
Exact synonyms: Mummify
Generic synonyms: Shrink, Shrivel, Shrivel Up, Wither
Related verbs: Mummify
Derivative terms: Mummy

Definition of Dry up

1. Verb. (intransitive) To become dry (often of weather); to lose water. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To cause to become dry. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To deprive someone of (something vital). ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To cease to exist; to disappear ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive transitive) To manually dry dishes ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To stop talking, to forget what one was going to say. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dry Up

dry rot
dry run
dry runs
dry season
dry seasons
dry socket
dry spells
dry steering
dry sump
dry synovitis
dry tetter
dry ton
dry unit
dry up (current term)
dry vermouth
dry vomiting
dry wall
dry walling
dry wash
dry weight

Literary usage of Dry up

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1. An American Glossary by Richard Hopwood Thornton (1912)
"dry up. To cease speaking or writing. 1856 It may be an improper expression ; perhaps it is not elegant; but we wish to make use of the following remark ..."

2. The Anatomy of Melancholy: What it Is, with All the Kinds, Causes, Symptoms by Robert Burton (1862)
"... amor," so doth love dry up his radical moisture. Another compares love to a melting torch, which stood too near the fire. 8 " Sic quo quis propior suse ..."

3. Suomalais-englantilainen sanakirja by Severi Alanne (1919)
"... vertes- tä) dry up; ... dry (up), become parched, ... tuttaa dry up, parch; cause .. to dry. ..."

4. An Italian and English Dictionary with Pronunciation and Brief Etymologies by August Hjalmar Edgren, Giuseppe Bico, John Lawrence Gerig (1901)
"subject to dry up. -сак cine, F.: dryness (aridity, barrenness); tiresomeness (importunity); ... dry up (drain); importune (weary, tease) ; REFL. ..."

5. The Anatomy of melancholy v. 3 by Robert Burton (1875)
"... amor" so doth love dry up his radical moisture. Another compares love to a melting torch, which stood too near the fire. " Sic quo quis propior suas ..."

6. Enquiry Into Plants and Minor Works on Odours and Weather Signs by Theophrastus (1916)
"dry up. Most obvious are certain changes in regard to the way in which animals are produced, and such changes run through a series of creatures * ; thus a ..."

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