dry out


dried out; drying out; dries out

intransitive verb

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

Examples of dry out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The season can often start as early as April or May in some dry years, but experts say late spring storms and a still-strong snowpack have kept plants from drying out. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2024 Rather than being tucked beneath a sheath of plastic wrap and placed in a 0°C room, a fan had blown on the fish all night and dried out the skin. Caroline Hatchett, Robb Report, 10 May 2024 Since pots dry out quickly, a potted magnolia needs watering more frequently than one planted in the ground. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 7 May 2024 Water is the original source of hydrogen on Venus, so DR effectively dries out the planet. Eryn Cangi, The Conversation, 6 May 2024 Many schools in the Houston area are closed Monday as the city begins to dry out after getting walloped by torrential rains over the weekend. Chris Morris, Fortune, 6 May 2024 Unlike some other dandruff or psoriasis shampoos that tend to really dry out your hair, this pick hydrates hair while stopping dandruff in its tracks. Daley Quinn, Verywell Health, 3 May 2024 Space your plants out to provide good air circulation, avoid overhead watering, and allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Apr. 2024 To Enrich the Soil Ground covers offer a protective layer over the topsoil, preventing it from drying out too much during warmer temperatures and retaining moisture throughout the winter. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 9 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dry out was in 1892

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Cite this Entry

“Dry out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dry%20out. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 adjective
: providing detoxification treatment
checked into a dry-out clinic

dry out

2 of 2 transitive verb
: 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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