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Pronunciation: /draɪ/

Translation of dry in Spanish:

adjective/adjetivo (drier, driest)

  • 1 1.1 (not wet) [ground/wood/washing] seco she rubbed her hair dry with a towel se secó el pelo con una toalla to wipe sth dry secar* algo ([ con un paño ]) store in a cool, dry place guardar en lugar fresco y seco
    Example sentences
    • When cleaning the body of the light, it is recommended to use a dry, lint free cloth for the best possible result.
    • Traffic constable Paul Davenport told the inquest that at the time of the accident, the road was dry, clean and free from any obstruction.
    • If the soil seems too dry or too moist, adjust the controller.
    1.2 (lacking natural moisture) [leaves/skin/hair/mouth] seco; [sobs] sin lágrimas; [cough] seco my mouth was dry with fear tenía la boca seca de miedo I feel dry after all that talking tengo la garganta seca de tanto hablar a crust of dry bread una corteza de pan duro there wasn't a dry eye in the house no hubo quien no llorara
    Example sentences
    • However, I kept noticing things before we left, like my face was too dry, then my hair was too dry, then I had to find lip gloss because my face was looking blah!
    • If you can't find a conditioner for black hair, try one designed for dry hair instead as these will have a similar effect.
    • If your hair is very dry, damaged or chemically treated, treat yourself to a deep conditioning once a week.
    1.3 (dried-up) [well/river] seco the cow has gone dry la vaca no da más leche his inspiration had run dry se había secado la fuente de su inspiración, se había agotado su inspiración
    Example sentences
    • Almost all of these are away from major rivers, dry creeks, and sagebrush flats, where recent sediments tend to cover the older rocks.
    • When water from a nearby active stream flooded into the dry watercourse, the nests and eggs, like those on the flats, were inundated with mud.
    • In Australia, salt is produced by solar evaporation from sea water, saline lake waters, underground brines and harvested from dry lake beds.
    Example sentences
    • Residents have turned to the murky pond for their water supply, as truck- and pipe-borne sources have been almost dry.
    • Since then, one of the wells used to supply the community with water has gone dry.
    • Hesaraghatta lake, one of the biggest sources of fresh water supply to the city, went dry quite sometime ago.
    1.4 (not rainy, not humid) [climate/weather/heat] seco tomorrow will be dry mañana no lloverá, mañana hará tiempo seco
    Example sentences
    • During the growing season, keep the roots moist in dry weather and take care when weeding, as blackcurrants are shallow-rooted.
    • On my first visit to the short grass plains of the southern Serengeti, they were as parched and dry as any desert.
    • The polar continental is usually a dry air mass, having little distance to travel over the sea.
    1.5 (using no fluid) [cell] seco he had a dry shave se afeitó en seco a piece of dry bread una rebanada de pan sin mantequilla
    Example sentences
    • Calvert points out that the floods triggered by the recent storm surge had demonstrated the eco friendly nature of the dry latrines.
    • Under this Act construction of a dry latrine and its manual cleaning was made an offence.
    • But even where activists have successfully sealed dry latrines, the fate of the people is pathetic.
  • 2 (prohibiting sale of alcohol) [state/county] seco [ donde está prohibida la venta de bebidas alcohólicas ]
    Example sentences
    • It's hard to find a country where a great many of the social ills aren't related to drink or drugs, particularly in the ones that are dry or have prohibition.
    • But the Wilson Act also left a loophole, in that it did not allow dry states to prohibit the importation of alcohol for personal use.
    • The distillery, you see, lies in a parish that's been dry since prohibition.
  • 3 (not sweet) [wine/sherry] seco; [champagne] brut, seco
    Example sentences
    • With spring swigging in mind, Somerfield is introducing a juicy new range of Antipodean Riesling, dry muscat, Sauvignon Blanc and Verdelho wines.
    • Although many of the wines are dry, sweet Vermentino wines are also produced.
    • Clearly a dry wine such as a Fino Sherry or Sercial Madeira is most appropriate at the start of the meal, not the end.
  • 4 4.1 (ironic) [humor/wit/remark] mordaz, cáustico 4.2 (lacking warmth) [greeting/laugh/style] seco
    Example sentences
    • I always love the incredibly dry, spare tone of the Times when it approaches ultra-weird subjects.
    • The politician's agenda does tend to be as dry and unemotional as his personality.
    • A dry skepticism likewise informs her views on the art world, and on the varying fortunes of Duchamp's work and reputation within it.
    Example sentences
    • He will be remembered for his quick wit, his one-liners and his dry sense of humour.
    • The show was hosted by a young woman who also injected a dry sense of humour into her performance.
    • But viewer beware, a dry sense of humour is needed to enjoy this movie to its fullest.
  • 5 (dull, boring) [lecture/book] árido just the dry facts, with no embellishment la verdad a secas, sin adornos
    Example sentences
    • In between are 11 pages of useful information, including dry facts and quirky anecdotes, encompassing every area of life.
    • He does not spout dry information, but colours facts with his own thoughtful perspective.
    • It not only conveys information, the dry facts and figures of the events, but also their full emotional weight.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (dries, drying, dried)

  • 1.1 (with cloth, heat) [clothes/crockery] secar* to dry oneself secarse* to dry one's eyes/tears secarse* or [literary/literario] enjugarse* las lágrimas dry on a flat surface no colgar, secar extendido sobre una superficie 1.2 (preserve) [fish/fruit/meat] secar*

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo (dries, drying, dried)

  • 1 (become dry) [washing/dishes/paint/concrete] secarse* you wash and I'll dry tú lavas y yo seco I hung it out to dry lo tendí para que se secara (British English/inglés británico) to hang sb out to dry abandonar a algn a su suerte


  • come into the dry ven a cubierto, entra

Phrasal verbs

dry off

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio

dry out

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio 1.1 [soil/clothes] secarse* 1.2 [colloquial/familiar] [alcoholic] curarse ([ de alcoholismo ]) hacerse* una cura de desintoxicación 1.1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento [soil/clothes] secar*

dry up

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio 1.1 [stream/puddle/pond] secarse* ([ completamente ]) 1.2 [funds/resources/inspiration] agotarse 1.3 [colloquial/familiar] [actor] quedarse en blanco 1.4 (shut up) [slang/argot] dry up! ¡cierra el pico! [colloquial/familiar], ¡cállate la boca! [colloquial/familiar] 1.5 (dry dishes) (British English/inglés británico) secar* los platos 1.1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento 2.1 [well/stream] secar* ([ completamente ]) 2.2 [dishes] (British English/inglés británico) secar*

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