Meaning of TIRE in English


I. tire 1 /taɪə $ taɪr/ BrE AmE verb

[ Word Family: adjective : ↑ tired , ↑ tireless , ↑ tiresome , ↑ tiring ; verb : ↑ tire ; noun : ↑ tiredness ; adverb : ↑ tirelessly ]

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: teorian , tyrian ]

[intransitive and transitive] to start to feel tired, or make someone feel tired:

As we neared the summit, we were tiring fast.


In everyday English, people usually say get tired rather than tire :

The climbers were starting to get tired.

tire of somebody/something phrasal verb

1 . to become bored with someone or something:

Sooner or later he’ll tire of politics.

2 . never tire of doing something to enjoy doing something again and again, especially in a way that annoys other people:

He never tires of talking about the good old days.

tire somebody ↔ out phrasal verb

to make someone very tired SYN exhaust :

All that walking tired me out.

II. tire 2 BrE AmE noun [countable]

the American spelling of ↑ tyre

III. tyre S3 BrE AmE British English , tire American English /taɪə $ taɪr/ noun [countable]

[ Date: 1700-1800 ; Origin: tire 'metal plates around a cart wheel' (15-19 centuries) , probably from tire 'equipment' (14-18 centuries) , from attire ; ⇨ ↑ attire ]

a thick rubber ring that fits around the wheel of a car, bicycle etc:

I had a flat tyre (=all the air went out of it) on the way home.

The spare tyre's in the boot.

front/rear/back tyre

a punctured front tyre

⇨ ↑ spare tyre

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▪ a front/rear tyre

I bought a set of new front tyres.

▪ a flat tyre (=one which the air has come out of)

I had a flat tyre and had to walk home.

▪ a burst tyre

On lap two, Millar suffered a burst tire, which caused him to crash.

▪ a bald tyre (=one which has worn smooth)

When police officers examined the car, they discovered that it had two bald tyres.

▪ a car/lorry/bicycle etc tyre

They sell and fit car tyres.

▪ a spare tyre

Always carry a spare tire.

■ verbs

▪ change a tyre

I have never changed a tyre or looked under a bonnet.

▪ puncture a tyre

The tyre had punctured and had to be replaced.

■ tyre + NOUN

▪ the tyre pressure (=the force of the air in a tyre)

Have you checked the tyre pressure?

▪ tyre marks ( also tyre tracks ) (=marks left by tyres)

There were tire marks on the road close to where the crash happened.

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