dry up

dry up

  1. (intransitive) To become dry (often of weather); to lose water.
    I'll go shopping when it dries up.
    Last summer the lake completely dried up.
  2. (transitive) To cause to become dry.
    The heatwave dried up all the rivers.
  3. (intransitive, transitive) To manually dry dishes.
    I'll dry up if you wash up.
  4. (transitive) To deprive someone of (something vital).
    The bankruptcy rumor dried up his sales.
  5. (intransitive) To cease to exist; to disappear
    • 2008, Adele, First Love
      This love has dried up and stayed behind
    When our money dried up, we had to get proper jobs.
  6. (intransitive) To stop talking; to forget what one was going to say.
    This surprised me so much that I dried up for a moment.

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