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Definition of mire

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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 Most of the human drama comes from without, from the muck and mire of managerial conflicts and public-relations gaffes. cleveland, "‘Spaceship Earth’ is a captivating look back at Biosphere 2 and life in isolation (review)," 13 May 2020 Most of the human drama comes from without, from the muck and mire of managerial conflicts and public-relations gaffes. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Spaceship Earth’ is a captivating look back at Biosphere 2 and life in isolation," 7 May 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With little leverage to exert on businesses, these workers are up against a regional business model that mires them in dead-end, low-wage jobs, Lichtenstein said. Coronavirus, ProPublica, "These Workers Packed Lip Gloss and Pandora Charm Bracelets. They Were Labeled “Essential” but Didn’t Feel Safe.," 2 May 2020 Despite his forward-looking work, Watson has never been mired in headlines. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "A futurist’s guide to managing the dire present," 1 May 2020 North Kivu and Ituri have been mired in conflict for decades. Helen Branswell, STAT, "New Ebola case dashes hopes that the 2-year-old DRC outbreak was over," 10 Apr. 2020 Since the outset, the Paycheck Protection Program has been mired in confusion. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, "Congress looks to expand small business loans as relief money runs low," 8 Apr. 2020 The scouting organization has been deeply mired in civil litigation since a landmark case in 2010 that resulted in $19.9 million in damages, the largest ever for a single individual against the Boy Scouts. USA Today, "Boy Scouts files Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the face of thousands of child abuse allegations," 18 Feb. 2020 Since then, the two sides have been mired in nonstop litigation and bickering over big and small issues. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tony Evers releases sweeping plan to help Wisconsin's struggling dairy farmers, draw new legislative maps," 22 Jan. 2020 Read more: Those efforts haven't come often enough for a team still mired five games below .500. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Pistons' tough physical play makes difference in 108-101 victory over Pacers," 7 Dec. 2019 Boeing has been mired in controversy since two of its 737 Max airplanes fatally crashed in Ethiopia and Indonesia. Ashley Fulmer For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "How Boeing could still win back our trust," 4 Dec. 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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27 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mire. Accessed 5 Jun. 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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