\ ˈfī(-ə)rd How to pronounce fired (audio) \

Definition of fired

1 : using a specified fuel usually used in combinationan oil-fired power planta wood-fired pizza oven
2 : having been processed by heating in a kiln fired and handpainted stoneware The body is more like cement than clay, but useful in achieving the surfaces I seek, and the fired clay is remarkably lightweight and strong.Ceramics Monthly
3 : dismissed from a job You're fired! They said Metro has failed to provide the fired employees and the union with a detailed explanation of the allegations.— Fredrick Kunkle

Examples of fired in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The program will use satellites to track emissions of methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gases, and to monitor coal-fired plant operations and measure forest health. Washington Post, "Bloomberg, California team on climate satellites," 25 Sep. 2019 Extra-large extractors grab the shell's rim for positive extraction and ejection of fired hulls. John Taylor, Outdoor Life, "7 Best Pump Shotguns for Less Than $500 (& One High End Model)," 25 Oct. 2019 People who get fired need unemployment insurance so they don't get evicted or starve. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "Mitch McConnell is aiding and abetting the spread of coronavirus," 12 Mar. 2020 An affidavit emerges In September, right-wing media began to report on an affidavit from a fired Ukrainian prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, that Giuliani and other Trump allies have used as a basis to accuse Biden of corruption. NBC News, "Who is Dmytro Firtash? The man linked to $1 million loan to Giuliani ally has a shadowy past," 25 Jan. 2020 Medina, the fired tire plant worker, isn't pinning his hopes on the trade accord, or the prospect that Lopez Obrador's administration — which along with its allies will have a majority in Congress — can push through better legislation. Mark Stevenson, Fox News, "Mexico-US trade deal unlikely to boost low Mexican wages," 30 Aug. 2018 The wide-ranging internal investigation was prompted by a tip from a woman once involved with one of the fired troopers. Christian Boone, ajc, "Cheating scandal costs 30 state troopers their jobs," 29 Jan. 2020 Meanwhile, the Coronado Generating Station coal-fired plant near St. Johns and the New Mexico border got a lifeline that should keep most of the 200 jobs there until 2032. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "One Arizona coal generator to close in 2020, while another given lifeline as decline of plants across the West continues," 7 Jan. 2020 Multiple attorneys confirmed the names of the fired staff members to The Chronicle on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. Evan Sernoffsky,, "SF District Attorney Chesa Boudin hires new attorneys after ‘Friday Night Massacre’," 13 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of fired

1807, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Fired.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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