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  ( fries    plural & 3rd person present)   ( frying    present participle)   ( fried    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   When you fry food, you cook it in a pan that contains hot fat or oil.  
Fry the breadcrumbs until golden brown.      V n  
...fried rice.      V-ed  
2       n-plural   Fry are very small, young fish.  
3       n-plural   Fries are the same as French fries.  
    small fry  

deep-fry        ( deep-fries    3rd person present)   ( deep-frying    present participle)   ( deep-fried    past tense & past participle  ) If you deep-fry food, you fry it in a large amount of fat or oil.      verb  
Heat the oil and deep-fry the fish fillets.      V n  
fry-up        ( fry-ups    plural  ) A fry-up is a meal consisting of a mixture of foods such as sausages, bacon, and eggs that have been fried.  
INFORMAL      n-count  
small fry        ( small fry    plural  ) Small fry is used to refer to someone or something that is considered to be unimportant.      n-uncount   also N in pl  
What they owe to the Inland Revenue is small fry compared to the overall £1.2 million debt...     
stir-fry        ( stir-fries    plural & 3rd person present)   ( stir-frying    present participle)   ( stir-fried    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you stir-fry vegetables, meat, or fish, you cook small pieces of them quickly by stirring them in a small quantity of very hot oil. This method is often used in Chinese cookery.  
Stir-fry the vegetables until crisp.      V n  
...stir-fried vegetables.      V-ed  
2       n-count   A stir-fry is a Chinese dish consisting of small pieces of vegetables, meat, or fish which have been stir-fried.  
Serve the stir-fry with `instant' noodles.     
3       adj   Stir-fry vegetables, meat, or fish or stir-fry dishes are cooked by the stir-fry method.  
ADJ n  
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