dry out

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dry out (third-person singular simple present dries out, present participle drying out, simple past and past participle dried out)

  1. To have excess water evaporate or be otherwise removed.
    Your trousers need to dry out before you put them on.
  2. (idiomatic) To sober up; to cease to be drunk.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Dry out refers to losing excess water, while dry up is used for losing constituent water (dessicate)