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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 And there are a lot of voters that are tired of both parties. ABC News, "'This Week' Transcript 2-16-20: Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Tom Steyer," 16 Feb. 2020 But while the case wasn’t closed, his colleagues were increasingly busy with other cases and some of his supervisors were seemingly tired of his obsession. Tim Golden, ProPublica, "Operation Encore and the Saudi Connection: A Secret History of the 9/11 Investigation," 23 Jan. 2020 Back in June 2019, House Democrat Adam Schiff, a man permanently on the cusp of letting out a long, tired sigh, led a congressional hearing on deepfakes. Josh Wilbur, Wired, "America Needs a Ministry of (Actual) Truth," 4 Feb. 2020 The goal of Putin and his allies is to forestall popular protest among those tired of Putin’s long reign. Regina Smyth, The Conversation, "Russia’s cabinet resigns and it’s all part of Putin’s plan," 16 Jan. 2020 Teenagers needed them to socialise, tired shoppers to wind down, children to amuse themselves. The Economist, "The World in 2020 Farewell to Starbucks’s green straws," 31 Dec. 2019 Scheer is a career politician described by those in his own party as bland, a possible antidote for those tired of Trudeau’s flash. Rob Gillies, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Canada votes in election that could see Trudeau lose power," 21 Oct. 2019 But even Democrats will begin to get tired of forcing votes as the hours tick on. WSJ, "Trump's Impeachment Trial—Live Analysis," 22 Jan. 2020 Drucker argued that people who supported Hitler and the others were tired of rational politics, because rationality, whether in a liberal or Marxist form, had failed. Thomas Geoghegan, The New Republic, "This is a high school nation," 20 Jan. 2020

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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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“Tired.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tired. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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