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tire

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[ tahyuhr ]
/ taɪər /
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verb (used with object), tired, tir·ing.

to reduce or exhaust the strength of, as by exertion; make weary; fatigue (often followed by out): The long walk tired him.
to exhaust the interest, patience, etc., of; make weary; bore: Your stories tire me.

verb (used without object), tired, tir·ing.

to have the strength reduced or exhausted, as by labor or exertion; become fatigued; be sleepy.
to have one's appreciation, interest, patience, etc., exhausted; become or be weary; become bored (usually followed by of): He soon tired of playing billiards.

noun

British Dialect. fatigue.

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Origin of tire

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First recorded before 900; Middle English tire(n), teoren “to diminish, weaken,” Old English tȳrian, tēorian “to faint, cause to faint”; further etymology uncertain

Definition for tire (2 of 3)

tire2
[ tahyuhr ]
/ taɪər /

noun

a ring or band of rubber, either solid or hollow and inflated, or of metal, placed over the rim of a wheel to provide traction, resistance to wear, or other desirable properties.
a metal band attached to the outside of the felloes and forming the tread of a wagon wheel.

verb (used with object), tired, tir·ing.

to furnish with tires.
Also British, tyre .

Origin of tire

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First recorded in 1475–85; special use of tire3 (in the sense “dress, attire, accouterment (for a wheel”)

Definition for tire (3 of 3)

tire3
[ tahyuhr ]
/ taɪər /

verb (used with object), tired, tir·ing.

Archaic. to dress (the head or hair), especially with a headdress.
Obsolete. to attire or array.

noun

Archaic. a headdress.
Obsolete. attire or dress.

Origin of tire

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First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English tire(n), teren “to clothe, dress, equip (a knight) for battle”; shortening of attire
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British Dictionary definitions for tire (1 of 3)

tire1
/ (ˈtaɪə) /

verb

(tr) to reduce the energy of, esp by exertion; weary
(tr; often passive) to reduce the tolerance of; bore or irritateI'm tired of the children's chatter
(intr) to become wearied or bored; flag

Derived forms of tire

tiring, adjective

Word Origin for tire

Old English tēorian, of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for tire (2 of 3)

tire2
/ (ˈtaɪə) /

noun, verb

the US spelling of tyre

British Dictionary definitions for tire (3 of 3)

tire3
/ (ˈtaɪə) /

verb, noun

an archaic word for attire
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