dry up

verb
dried up; drying up; dries up

Definition of dry up

transitive verb

: to cut off the supply of

intransitive verb

1 : to disappear as if by evaporation, draining, or cutting off of a source of supply
2 : to wither or die through gradual loss of vitality
3 : to stop talking

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Examples of dry up in a Sentence

sick of her constant complaining, he angrily told her to dry up
Recent Examples on the Web With alternative locations drying up, some U.N. functionaries started to worry. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "5 New York Buildings That Changed American History," 31 Oct. 2019 More recently, Gulf money, from tourism and also remittances, dried up, as a result of sanctions against Hezbollah, which has been fighting in Syria on the side of the regime. Helen Sullivan, The New Yorker, "The Making of Lebanon’s October Revolution," 29 Oct. 2019 According to the report, the result could be land subsidence, including ground fissures, lower water quality and even the possibility of wells drying up. USA TODAY, "‘Nightmare’ roof, fire-starting drones, Pennywise Jeep: News from around our 50 states," 29 Oct. 2019 When his mother died in 1981, the supply of new handknit sweaters dried up. Cristina Rouvalis, Smithsonian, "The Behind-the-Scenes Quest to Find Mister Rogers’ Signature Cardigans," 7 Oct. 2019 Even major cities like Chennai and Mumbai suffered from severe water shortages, with reservoirs drying up and government tankers bringing in emergency water every week. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "'Unprecedented' monsoon rains India leave 11 people dead in western India," 27 Sep. 2019 This is not because investment opportunities in the country have suddenly dried up. The Economist, "Uncertainty about Brexit is hampering business investment in Britain," 8 Oct. 2019 After the money dries up, in 2008, Ramona (who has a daughter of her own) enlists Destiny to solidify her business plan. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'Hustlers’ review: J-Lo, Constance Wu and Cardi B strip Wall Street boys of their assets," 11 Sep. 2019 The idea, first developed in Russia during the Soviet era, stalled when research money dried up during tough economic times following the Cold War. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "US scientists quadrupled milk’s shelf life using Soviet technology," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of dry up

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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28 Nov 2019

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“Dry up.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dry%20up. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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