adjective, dir·er, dir·est.
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Origin of dire
OTHER WORDS FROM diredirely, adverbdireness, noun
Example sentences from the Web for dire
However, the Sixers addressed their dire need for outside shooting by adding Green and Morey will be glad that he didn’t need to trade a more immediate pick or multiple first-rounders to get this done.NBA free agency tracker (plus trades): Warriors acquire Kelly Oubre; 76ers trade Al Horford to Thunder|Ben Golliver|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Beyond that, he said, holiday-related infections could spread through communities, reaching other vulnerable people and accelerating the already dire outbreak.CDC recommends against Thanksgiving travel amid surge of coronavirus cases|Brittany Shammas|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
Temporary Protected Status offers protections for nationals of certain countries that have such dire problems that it is unsafe for people to be deported there.Border Report: ‘They Can’t Continue Like This in Mexico’|Maya Srikrishnan|November 17, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Europe has also seen cases soar as much of the world braces for what is expected to be a dire winter.Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine is 94.5% effective|kdunn6|November 16, 2020|Fortune
Americans caught between the dire reality of an out-of-control pandemic and a desire to celebrate the national holiday with family may be tempted to believe that maybe they can manage the risks.
The beleagured nation has been direly impacted by troop and weapon flows into its north from neighbor Libya.
And yet it is doubtful if he would have been recognised, so direly had tribulation altered him.The Blue Pavilions|Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
I had hastened forward, convinced that my aid and protection were direly needed.In the Valley|Harold Frederic
Suppose she let him see how direly she needed money at this moment.Mrs. Vanderstein's jewels|Mrs. Charles Bryce
It seemed as if the danger that threatened her so direly had vanished.The Delight Makers|Adolf Bandelier
The want of cartridges was what the troops felt most direly.The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood|Arthur Griffiths