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tire 1  (tr)
v. tired, tir·ing, tires
v.intr.
1. To grow weary.
2. To grow bored or impatient.
v.tr.
1. To diminish the strength or energy of; fatigue.
2. To exhaust the interest or patience of; bore.

[Middle English tiren, from Old English torian, tyrian; see deu-1 in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: tire1, weary, fatigue, exhaust, jade2
These verbs mean to cause or undergo depletion of strength, energy, spirit, interest, or patience. Tire often suggests a state resulting from exertion, excess, dullness, or ennui: When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life (Samuel Johnson).
Weary often implies dissatisfaction, as that resulting from what is irksome or boring: found the long journey wearying; soon wearied of their constant bickering.
Fatigue implies great weariness, as that caused by stress or overwork: fatigued by an endless rotation of thought and wild alarms (Mary Wollstonecraft).
To exhaust means to wear out completely, and it connotes total draining of physical or emotional strength: Like all people who try to exhaust a subject, he exhausted his listeners (Oscar Wilde).
Jade refers principally to dullness that most often results from overindulgence: Contemplation of works of art without understanding them jades the faculties and enslaves the intelligence (John Ruskin).

tire 2  (tr)
n.
1. A covering for a wheel, usually made of rubber reinforced with cords of nylon, fiberglass, or other material and filled with compressed air.
2. A hoop of metal or rubber fitted around a wheel.

[Middle English, iron rim of a wheel, probably from tir, attire, short for atire, from attiren, to attire; see attire.]

tire 3  (tr) Archaic
tr.v. tired, tir·ing, tires
To adorn or attire.
n.
1. Attire.
2. A headband or headdress.

[Middle English tiren, short for attiren, to attire; see attire.]


tire  /tar/  v. tired, tiring, tires 1 [I;T] to weaken, become fatigued: He tires when he walks a long distance. 2 [T] to bore, irritate: Listening to long speeches tires the audience.
n. the outer covering of a vehicles wheel where air is put: My bicycle got a flat tire this morning on my way to work. -adj. tiring. tire

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