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tire

verb

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1 to diminish the physical strength of
  • I don't want our walk to tire you too much

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2 to make weary and restless by being dull or monotonous
  • this long dry lecture will tire the audience if you don't insert some jokes into it

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3 to use up all the physical energy of
  • this pentathlon will tire all but the hardiest athletes

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How is the word tire distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of tire are exhaust, fatigue, jade, and weary. While all these words 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

When can exhaust be used instead of tire?

While in some cases nearly identical to tire, exhaust implies complete draining of strength by hard exertion.

shoveling snow exhausted him

When might fatigue be a better fit than tire?

Although the words fatigue and tire have much in common, fatigue suggests great lassitude from excessive strain or undue effort.

fatigued by the day's chores

When is it sensible to use jade instead of tire?

The meanings of jade and tire largely overlap; however, jade suggests the loss of all freshness and eagerness.

appetites jaded by overindulgence

When could weary be used to replace tire?

The words weary and tire can be used in similar contexts, but weary stresses tiring until one is unable to endure more of the same thing.

wearied of the constant arguing

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The first known use of tire was before the 12th century

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“Tire.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/tire. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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