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 years of mismanagement and corruption in the oil industry, worsened by American sanctions, have dried up gasoline pumps at a crucial moment. Anatoly Kurmanaev, New York Times, "A Fuel Shortage Is Crippling Agriculture in Venezuela," 6 July 2019 Corporate dollars to sponsor tournaments had dried up. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "How Detroit Golf Club landed the PGA Tour's Rocket Mortgage Classic," 23 June 2019 Decades ago, agricultural land surrounded Picacho Peak, but as water sources became more sparse, the land dried up, turned salty and transformed into miles of new dust storm fuel. AZCentral.com, "Summer storms are a spectacle, but the dust in them is hazardous to your health," 18 June 2019 Eventually, Huawei's hoard of components will dry up, and then the shortages will start. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Huawei bracing for a 40% to 60% drop in international smartphone shipments," 17 June 2019 But the goals soon dried up for the England striker and he has been linked with a move away from the Red Devils. SI.com, "Marcus Rashford Keen on Staying at Manchester United But Will Demand Improved Contract," 16 June 2019 The ongoing crisis in India’s shadow banking sector has also dried up credit for consumers looking at buying automobiles. Pramod Mathew, Quartz India, "There are so many unsold cars in India now that automakers are taking forced holidays," 11 June 2019 The recession of 2008 dried up the ink on those for a while. John Kelly, Washington Post, "The handwriting is on the wall: Fountain pens are back.," 10 June 2019 As time passed, the leads dried up and cold reality set in. CBS News, "Jayme Closs: Hometown Hero," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of dry up

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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