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

Other Words from mire

Noun

miry \ ˈmīr-​ē How to pronounce mire (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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Nasser now cast himself as someone who could elevate the campus from the mire of Falwell’s misdeeds. Megan K. Stack, The New Yorker, 28 Apr. 2022 Kate and Toby could have gone on forever in a mire of unhappiness without making a change. Dan Snierson, EW.com, 6 Apr. 2022 Even as Andrew fell deeper into the mire, he was called on more frequently to be the queen’s plus-one. Simon Usborne, Town & Country, 13 Mar. 2022 That most recent racial reckoning has been just one aspect of the deepening mire of controversy in which Tesla has found itself in recent months. Time, 16 Feb. 2022 Redesigned for 2022, the Hyundai Tucson rises from the mire of compact-crossover mediocrity with its exterior design, rich features set, and polished demeanor. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 22 Dec. 2021 Most people who have been in the mire of heartbreak will have felt pain in their body somewhere. Eleanor Morgan, refinery29.com, 15 Dec. 2021 But raising the debt ceiling has become stuck in partisan mire, leaving the United States hurtling toward default and raising hard questions about what expenses might not get paid. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2021 With one foot in the early-internet, pre-9/11, pre–Great Recession world and the other in the contemporary mire of social media, unstable work, and a housing crisis, Millennials are acutely aware of senselessness. Hannah Williams, The Atlantic, 11 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But even minor tinkering by the new mayor could further mire the plan in delays. New York Times, 17 Dec. 2021 But several issues would mire the road to reopening in the museum, including issues with the building’s roof and fire safety. Bob Carlton | Bcarlton@al.com, al, 10 Aug. 2021 But several issues would mire the road to reopening in the museum, including issues with the building’s roof and fire safety. Bob Carlton | Bcarlton@al.com, al, 10 Aug. 2021 But several issues would mire the road to reopening in the museum, including issues with the building’s roof and fire safety. Bob Carlton | Bcarlton@al.com, al, 10 Aug. 2021 But several issues would mire the road to reopening in the museum, including issues with the building’s roof and fire safety. Bob Carlton | Bcarlton@al.com, al, 10 Aug. 2021 But several issues would mire the road to reopening in the museum, including issues with the building’s roof and fire safety. Bob Carlton | Bcarlton@al.com, al, 10 Aug. 2021 But several issues would mire the road to reopening in the museum, including issues with the building’s roof and fire safety. Bob Carlton | Bcarlton@al.com, al, 10 Aug. 2021 Sexton has been impressive, as well, but the Cavs have not taken advantage, continuing to mire themselves in mediocrity that only LeBron James seems to be able to remedy. orlandosentinel.com, 29 July 2021 See More

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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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2 May 2022

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“Mire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mire. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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