dry out

verb
dried out; drying out; dries out

Definition of dry out

intransitive verb

: to undergo an extended period of withdrawal from alcohol or drug use especially at a special clinic

First Known Use of dry out

1892, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dry out was in 1892

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“Dry out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dry%20out. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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dry-out

adjective
\ ˈdrī-ˌau̇t How to pronounce dry-out (audio) \

Medical Definition of dry-out

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: providing detoxification treatment checked into a dry-out clinic
\ (ˈ)drī-ˈau̇t How to pronounce dry out (audio) \

Medical Definition of dry out (Entry 2 of 2)

: to subject to withdrawal from the use of alcohol or drugs : detoxify sense 2

intransitive verb

: to undergo an extended period of withdrawal from alcohol or drug use especially at a special clinic : detoxify

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