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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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The rule is aimed at reducing injuries and allowing higher-quality play in extra time, when players are most tired. Graham Dunbar, Houston Chronicle, "Russia defeats Spain in shootout at World Cup," 1 July 2018 Both Hook and Crane's son said that Crane may have been growing tired of Carpenter, who police identified as a suspect almost from the start. John D'anna, azcentral, "'Hogan's Heroes' star Bob Crane was murdered 40 years ago. Why does it still fascinate us?," 29 June 2018 People are just too tired and frustrated over the lack of change to keep protesting. Willie Brown, San Francisco Chronicle, "Gavin Newsom is looking out for No. 1. California Dems need to deal with it," 2 June 2018 Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, both men who sandwiched him in office, are dead; George senior teeters; Bill Clinton tremors when tired and, at 71, has begun to fade before our eyes. Michael Paterniti, GQ, "Jimmy Carter for Higher Office," 26 June 2018 Just like the first round of Memphis, there’s a time limit to the Postmodern revival—and relying on the same pool of recycled archival images and objects is getting tired, y’all. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "All the NYCxDesign 2018 highlights you should know," 30 May 2018 Mr Assad appears to be growing tired of his allies. The Economist, "How a victorious Bashar al-Assad is changing Syria," 28 June 2018 In this frame, Room to Dream is a chronicle of a kite relay, one in which holder after holder passes off the handle when their arm gets tired. Charlotte Shane, The New Republic, "Living in David Lynch’s Art Life," 26 June 2018 Sleep deprivation doesn’t always manifest itself in feeling tired, Layish said. Katie Parsons, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Americans aren't sleeping enough, but early risers might live longer," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of tired

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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

: used over and over again



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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