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Definition of tired

1 : drained of strength and energy : fatigued often to the point of exhaustion
2 : obviously worn by hard use : run-down

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Other Words from tired

tiredly adverb
tiredness noun

Examples of tired in a Sentence

I was really tired after the long trip. She's too tired to go out tonight. The children were tired after the hike. We had to listen to the same old tired excuses again.
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Recent Examples on the Web Asian Americans are tired of staying quiet and allies are stepping up to support them. Nour Rahal, Detroit Free Press, "Tired of being 'quiet': Asian Americans, allies fight hate with Troy rally," 12 Apr. 2021 But many Peruvians are tired of the political machinations. Jack Guy And Claudia Rebaza, CNN, "The election that voters don't want anyone to win," 9 Apr. 2021 Virtually everyone at this point in the pandemic is tired of, well, virtual events. John Benson, cleveland, "Seven Hills moving ahead with rescheduled August Home Days event," 8 Apr. 2021 Stanton said the people currently incarcerated at the Justice Center are tired of living in fear of COVID-19 and not being brought to trial. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, "St. Louis inmates protest again over long trial wait times, COVID-19 fears," 6 Apr. 2021 Transgender women were tired of being targets and done being dismissed by the press, which misgendered Hester. Kate Sosin, USA TODAY, "The history behind International Transgender Day of Visibility," 31 Mar. 2021 Numbers are now rising again, and Walensky acknowledged that Americans are tired of the isolation caused by anti-coronavirus restrictions more than one year after the disease was declared a global pandemic. Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times, "Biden warns ‘we’re in a life-and-death race’ with COVID-19," 29 Mar. 2021 But by that time the non-narco part of the economy was flailing and Bolivians were tired of his heavy-handedness. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Rewriting History in Bolivia—and Mexico," 28 Mar. 2021 And his fall from grace tracks the story of a man with a last name that’s been a part of the national political conversation for two generations who is feeling the ramifications of a country that is tired of political dynasties. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, "Andrew Cuomo says he’s an outsider, but his downfall is the end of a political dynasty," 23 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of tired

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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15 Apr 2021

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“Tired.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tired. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tired

: feeling a need to rest or sleep
: bored or annoyed by something because you have heard it, seen it, done it, etc., for a long time
disapproving : used over and over again


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Kids Definition of tired

: needing rest : weary


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Medical Definition of tired

: drained of strength and energy : fatigued often to the point of exhaustion

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