Meaning of TIRE in English


Pronunciation: ' t ī (- ə )r

Function: verb

Inflected Form: tired ; tir · ing

Etymology: Middle English tyren, from Old English t ē orian, ty ̄ rian

Date: before 12th century

intransitive verb : to become weary

transitive verb

1 : to exhaust or greatly decrease the physical strength of : FATIGUE

2 : to wear out the patience of : BORE

synonyms TIRE , WEARY , FATIGUE , EXHAUST , JADE , FAG 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>. WEARY stresses tiring until one is unable to endure more of the same thing < wearied of the constant arguing>. FATIGUE suggests causing great lassitude through excessive strain or undue effort < fatigued by the day's chores>. EXHAUST implies complete draining of strength by hard exertion <shoveling snow exhausted him>. JADE suggests the loss of all freshness and eagerness <appetites jaded by overindulgence>. FAG implies a drooping with fatigue <shoppers all fagged out by the Christmas rush>.

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.