mire

noun
\ ˈmī(-ə)r How to pronounce mire (audio) \

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

mire

verb
mired; miring

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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Other Words from mire

Noun

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for mire

Synonyms: Noun

guck (or gook), muck, mud, ooze, slime, slop, sludge, slush

Synonyms: Verb

befoul, begrime, bemire, besmirch, blacken, daub, dirty, distain [archaic], foul, gaum [dialect], grime, muck, muddy, smirch, smudge, soil, stain, sully

Antonyms: Verb

clean, cleanse

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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

United’s next four games over English soccer’s hectic festive period are against Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Newcastle, which either offer Mourinho a chance to make up ground or to slip further into the mire. Steve Douglas, The Seattle Times, "Pogba or Mourinho: Who will last longer at United?," 17 Dec. 2018 The deepening legal mire facing the President and the apparently looming military strike in Syria converged in Monday's stunning rant about his legal plight before a room full of top military brass. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Real-world consequences at stake in Trump's Russian roulette," 12 Apr. 2018 Laurent Koscielny has admitted that Arsenal are in the midst of a 'negative spiral' but backed his teammates to haul the club out of their current mire. SI.com, "Arsenal Star Admits Club Is Battling 'Negative Spiral' Ahead of AC Milan Showdown," 8 Mar. 2018 Here and Now, though, dives head-first into the mire of 2018. Jason Parham, WIRED, "The Fall of the TV Family in Trump's America," 28 Mar. 2018 But it has been dragged ever lower into the mire by Congressional special interests that are parochial in the extreme. Newsweek, "Amazing Photos of Bioluminescent Phytoplankton," 14 Mar. 2018 Mo Salah and Sadio Mane scored either side of half-time as Newcastle remained firmly entrenched in the relegation mire. SI.com, "Liverpool Fans Angered by Newcastle Supporters Mocking Former Reds Captain in Anfield Defeat," 4 Mar. 2018 Newcastle surrendered a two-goal lead with ten minutes remaining at Bournemouth on Saturday, as Dan Gosling's 89th minute equaliser kept the Magpies firmly entrenched in the relegation mire. SI.com, "Newcastle Fans Slam Spanish Forward as 'Absolute Liability' Following Draw at Bournemouth," 25 Feb. 2018 Let their dusky forms, rise up, out the mires of James Island, and give the answer. Lily Rothman, Time, "Read the Letter a Black Civil War Soldier Wrote Asking Abraham Lincoln for Equal Pay," 12 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Minnesota came in mired in a 3-6-1 slide, but fueled by a playoff hunt, opened the game with a 3-0 lead on goals by Greg Pateryn, Staal and Kevin Fiala. W.g. Ramirez, The Seattle Times, "Wild defeat Golden Knights 3-2, stay in playoff hunt," 29 Mar. 2019 After all, the movie—which will be released in the United States on December 14—uses real people (not professional actors) to tell a heartrending story about the also-real refugee crisis in which Lebanon is mired right now. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "The Stunning Capernaum Tells a Gripping Tale of Refugees in Lebanon," 13 Dec. 2018 In New York, an endless series of weird hijinks keep giving Republicans control of the state Senate, and Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Illinois all seem mired in endless budget crises. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "What Democrats can learn from Larry Hogan," 2 Nov. 2018 However, the DoCo store was put on hold because Golden 1 Center was mired in construction delays. Allen Pierleoni, sacbee, "'Estelle 2.0' culminates lifelong dream for Sacramento baker," 30 June 2018 Electricity went out Thursday afternoon, plunging some 30 million people into darkness in a country mired in political turmoil and hyperinflation. Ryan Dube, WSJ, "Venezuela Blackout Plunges Millions Into Darkness," 8 Mar. 2019 The administration has worked to reinvigorate a war on drugs mired by racial disparities. German Lopez, Vox, "Trump is still tweeting about the NFL national anthem protests," 10 Aug. 2018 In 2003, he was recruited as CEO of Weirton Steel Corp, which was mired in bankruptcy proceedings. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Leonard Wise Steered U.S. Steel Firms Through Crises as Imports Soared," 20 July 2018 The rescue, carried out successfully against high odds, was a rare moment of uplifting news from Thailand, which has been mired in political conflict and heavy-handed military rule for more than a decade. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Fox News, "Thailand seeks control over movies about cave ordeal," 20 July 2018

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First Known Use of mire

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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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mire

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mire

: thick and deep mud

mire

noun
\ ˈmīr How to pronounce mire (audio) \

Kids Definition of mire

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: heavy deep mud

mire

verb
mired; miring

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.

mire

noun
\ ˈmī(ə)r How to pronounce mire (audio) \

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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