dry up

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for dry up


belt up [British], clam up, dummy up, hush, pipe down, quiet (down), shut up


speak, talk

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Examples of dry up in a Sentence

sick of her constant complaining, he angrily told her to dry up

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But the housing crunch grew only more acute when federal housing funding dried up in the 1980s. Andres Viglucci, miamiherald, "Puerto Rico’s housing crisis after Hurricane Maria | Miami Herald," 14 Feb. 2018 Daily stream crossings also provide plenty of places to fill up on water, although some sources have been known to dry up in summer. Jonathan Olivier, Outside Online, "The Best Thru-Hikes You've Never Heard Of," 14 May 2018 The private fund provides fuel assistance for income-eligible homeowners after federal and state fuel funds have dried up. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Church Hosts "Warm Hearts, Warm Homes" Concert," 10 Apr. 2018 As first reported by CNET and confirmed by the Wall Street Journal, Best Buy plans to stop selling the Mate 10 Pro in stores and on its website once the current stock dries up. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Best Buy dumps Huawei phones, another major blow to the company's U.S. aspirations," 22 Mar. 2018 The second, an interior building called the Carcamo, that once held a water tank for the fountain, which has since dried up and been turned into a free gallery. Condé Nast Traveler, "23 Best Things To Do In Mexico City," 4 Mar. 2018 If that dries up, which could happen if the Chinese economy’s health deteriorates, that would add another negative for the currency. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Seven Is No Magic Number for the Yuan," 26 Oct. 2018 Load it on there and keep applying if things dry up. Gigi Engle, Marie Claire, "Everything You Need to Know About Anal Foreplay," 29 Sep. 2017 Regulators worried that those funds might dry up have recently tamped down draft rules to constrain the growth of WMPs. Andrew Peaple, WSJ, "China’s Battle Against Shadow Banking Slips Into Stop-Start Mode," 4 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of dry up

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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