dry 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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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 The ponds that retain water from the snowmelt in the mountains dry up and the herd’s gestation cycles get thrown off. Josh Haner, National Geographic, "The Last Cowboys: A Cattle-Ranching Family Fights to Survive," 29 June 2018 That may be so, and her stated fears that her career may dry up may yet come to pass. Daniel D'addario, Time, "The Reality Show President Has Met His Match in Stormy Daniels," 27 Mar. 2018 However, while the goals may have seemingly dried up, the English starlet's importance to Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham Hotspur side has not diminished. SI.com, "England Legend Impressed With Tottenham Star's Development Under Mauricio Pochettino This Season," 11 Mar. 2018 This isn’t a simple aesthetic change: Lakes will freeze during winter while rivers dry up in the summer, transforming the landscape and opening up new areas of exploration as the calendar progresses. Anthony Alaniz, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know About Forza Horizon 4," 11 Sep. 2018 Manafort reportedly owed the Yankees more than $200,000 after his Ukrainian consulting business dried up in the wake of the forcible removal of Viktor Yanukovych from office. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Judge Ellis calls on Mueller team to 'really sharply focus' inquiries, as prosecutors ask witness about emoji," 9 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of dry up

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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