dry up (third-person singular simple present dries up, present participle drying up, simple past and past participle dried up)
- (intransitive) To become dry (often of weather); to lose water.
- I'll go shopping when it dries up.
- Last summer the lake completely dried up.
- (transitive) To cause to become dry.
- The heatwave dried up all the rivers.
- (intransitive, transitive) To manually dry dishes.
- I'll dry up if you wash up.
- (transitive) To deprive someone of (something vital).
- The bankruptcy rumor dried up his sales.
- (intransitive) To cease to exist; to disappear
- 2008, Adele, First Love
- This love has dried up and stayed behind
- When our money dried up, we had to get proper jobs.
- (intransitive) To stop talking; to forget what one was going to say.
- This surprised me so much that I dried up for a moment.
1930, Norman Lindsay, Redheap, Sydney: Ure Smith, published 1965, page 168:
"Oh, dry up,' said Arnold morosely.
- dry out refers to losing excess water, while dry up is used for losing constituent water (desiccate)