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Definition of mire

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : wet spongy earth (as of a bog or marsh) the mire is relieved only by small stretches of open dry forestSaturday Review
2 : heavy often deep mud or slush The troops trudged onward through the mire.
3 : a troublesome or intractable situation found themselves in a mire of debt


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Definition of mire (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to cause to stick fast in or as if in mire The car was mired in the muck.
b : to hamper or hold back as if by mire : entangle The company has been mired in legal problems.
2 : to cover or soil with mire his mired boots

intransitive verb

: to stick or sink in mire a road in which horses and wagons mired regularly— Edmund Arnold

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miry \ ˈmīr-​ē How to pronounce miry (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for mire

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of mire in a Sentence

Noun The troops marched onward through the muck and the mire. played on a football field that was thick with mire Verb the sight of the standard, which had emerged from the battle mangled and mired, still stirred the soldiers' hearts the case has been mired in probate court for years
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun He got bogged down in the legal and regulatory mire into which the bank was sinking. Roger Lowenstein, New York Times, "‘What the Hell Are We Doing Lending Money to a Guy Like This?’," 14 Feb. 2020 Love Is Blind is better than most scripted TV honey 🤷🏾‍♀️ — muna mire (@Muna_Mire) February 24, 2020 There are even some famous fans! Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Netflix's 'Love Is Blind' Is All Anybody Can Talk About," 26 Feb. 2020 On the one hand, investors hoped for someone already deep in the mire of the Max crisis familiar with the ins-and-outs of a very complex situation. Natasha Frost, Quartz at Work, "Can Boeing’s new CEO rescue the troubled company?," 13 Jan. 2020 Napoli looked very shaky until taking the lead, and Meret was called upon a number of times to dig his team out of the mire when a goal seemed inevitable. SI.com, "Napoli 2-0 Verona: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Milik Brace Seals Home Victory," 19 Oct. 2019 Then, suddenly, an enormous arachnid-looking CGI creature with a face straight out of Scary Stories 3 bursts forth from the mire, struggling to fight off a warrior with luxurious Targaryen-Jimmy-Page hair who’s hacking away at its limbs. Judy Berman, Time, "Netflix’s The Witcher Is the Latest Disaster in a Year of Terrible Post-Game of Thrones Fantasy TV," 20 Dec. 2019 That’s expected to leave a cloud of uncertainty that has combined with weak growth in Europe and China to hurt business confidence and investment and mire manufacturing in a prolonged slump. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Fed stands pat on rates, signals no cuts, or hikes, in 2020," 12 Dec. 2019 For the fundamentals go beyond the current political mire. The Economist, "Britain and the EU will remain close even after Brexit," 31 Oct. 2019 United have made their worst ever start to a Premier League season (yes, worse even than under David Moyes), as the club slips into a mire of sub-mediocrity. SI.com, "Ranking Manchester United's 6 Worst Moments Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer So Far," 7 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Airbus, which took control of its former airliner joint venture with Bombardier this week, can’t keep up with demand for its planes as Boeing remains mired in the 737 Max grounding. Ian Austen, New York Times, "Digging Into Oil Sands Divestment," 11 Mar. 2020 But for several years they were shut out of some markets, and lost ground in others, as the U.S. remained mired in trade disputes with its largest trading partners. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dairy farmer from Cadott will be Tammy Baldwin's guest at Trump's State of the Union address," 3 Feb. 2020 In the interviews, more than 400 insiders offered unrestrained criticism of what went wrong in Afghanistan and how the United States became mired in nearly two decades of warfare. Craig Whitlock, chicagotribune.com, "Confidential documents reveal U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan," 9 Dec. 2019 Like any historian worth reading, Kagan avoids getting mired in the details. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "Is the Supreme Court’s Fate in Elena Kagan’s Hands?," 11 Nov. 2019 But any effort to curb judges’ power under Trump would be unlikely to pass, especially as Congress remains mired in an impeachment fight. Tessa Berenson, Time, "Inside the Trump Administration's Fight to End Nationwide Injunctions," 4 Nov. 2019 But Uber remains mired in a morass of red ink, with losses of $6.2 billion during the first half of this year. Michael Liedtke, The Denver Post, "Uber adds more services to its app in its quest for profit," 6 Oct. 2019 But Uber remains mired in a morass of red ink, with losses of $6.2 billion during the first half of this year. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Uber adds more services to its app in its quest for profit," 26 Sep. 2019 But Castro has been among those on the fence as his underdog campaign has remained mired in the polls, both nationally and in early primary states like Iowa. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Julián Castro qualifies for Democratic presidential debate in Houston," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of mire


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for mire

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Old Norse mȳrr; akin to Old English mōs marsh — more at moss

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The first known use of mire was in the 14th century

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1 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mire. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mire

: thick and deep mud


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Kids Definition of mire

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: heavy deep mud


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Kids Definition of mire (Entry 2 of 2)

: to stick or cause to become stuck in or as if in heavy deep mud A wagon was mired in the swamp.


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Medical Definition of mire

: any of the objects on the arm of an ophthalmometer that are used to measure astigmatism by the reflections they produce in the cornea when illuminated

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