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tire

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verb \ˈtī(-ə)r\

Definition of tire

tired

;

tiring

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to become weary

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to exhaust or greatly decrease the physical strength of :  fatigue

  5. 2 :  to wear out the patience of :  bore

Origin and Etymology of tire

Middle English tyren, from Old English tēorian, tȳrian


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of tire

tire, weary, fatigue, exhaust, jade mean to make or become unable or unwilling to continue. tire implies a draining of one's strength or patience the long ride tired us out. weary stresses tiring until one is unable to endure more of the same thing wearied of the constant arguing. fatigue suggests great lassitude from excessive strain or undue effort fatigued by the day's chores. exhaust implies complete draining of strength by hard exertion shoveling snow exhausted him. jade suggests the loss of all freshness and eagerness appetites jaded by overindulgence.

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tire

noun

Definition of tire

  1. 1 obsolete :  attire

  2. 2 archaic :  a woman's headband or hair ornament

Origin and Etymology of tire

Middle English, short for attire


First Known Use: 14th century


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tire

verb

Definition of tire

tired

;

tiring

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  attire

  3. 2 archaic :  to adorn (the hair) with an ornament

14th Century

First Known Use of tire

14th century


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tire

noun, often attributive

Definition of tire

  1. 1 :  a metal hoop forming the tread of a wheel

  2. 2 :  a rubber cushion that fits around a wheel (as of an automobile) and usually contains compressed air

Origin and Etymology of tire

Middle English, probably from 2tire


First Known Use: 15th century

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TIRE Defined for Kids

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tire

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verb \ˈtīr\

Definition of tire for Students

tired

;

tiring

  1. 1 :  to make or become weary

  2. 2 :  to lose or cause to lose patience or attention :  bore They quickly tired of the game.


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tire

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noun

Definition of tire for Students

  1. :  a rubber cushion that usually contains compressed air and fits around a wheel (as of an automobile)


Medical Dictionary

tire

play
verb \ˈtī(ə)r\

Medical Definition of tire

tired

;

tiring

  1. intransitive verb

  2. :  to become weary

  3. transitive verb

  4. :  to exhaust or greatly decrease the physical strength of :  fatigue



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