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
Other regions have so far done a better job containing the spread, including Africa, despite dire predictions early on about potential spread on the continent.50 million world Covid-19 cases: The biggest outbreaks, explained|Christina Animashaun|November 9, 2020|Vox
The situation was dire enough for the state to contact Cyber Command using the newly instituted Cyber 9-Line, an emergency, data-sharing channel.U.S. says it’s prepared for cyber election threats. But weaknesses remain|Verne Kopytoff|November 2, 2020|Fortune
You can track cases by state here, with the Dakotas and Montana in the most dire shape.
Somewhat surprisingly, what the three-person team found wasn’t that dire.A stranded oil tanker at risk of spilling in the Caribbean looks to be safe — for now|Jariel Arvin|October 22, 2020|Vox
Her potential confirmation will have dire, dire consequences for the Senate, for the Supreme Court and our entire country for generations to come.Barrett moves one step closer to a seat on the Supreme Court as Republicans on Senate panel advance her nomination|Seung Min Kim, Paulina Firozi|October 22, 2020|Washington Post
Should John Kerry, given his commitment and the direness of the situation, pack his bags?Everyone Says John Kerry Should Stay Out of the Middle East|Josh Rogin|July 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST