mire

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈmaɪər/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/maɪr/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(mīər)

Inflections of 'mire' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
mires
v 3rd person singular
miring
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
mired
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
mired
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
mire /maɪr/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  mired, mir•ing. 
n. [countable]
  1. an area of wet, swampy ground;
    bog.
  2. a difficult or unpleasant situation that one cannot escape from:the mire of poverty.

v. [usually: be + ~ + -ed]
  1. to become stuck in mire:The troops were mired in the mud.
  2. to involve;
    entangle;
    trap:mired in lawsuits.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
mire  (mīər),USA pronunciation n., v.,  mired, mir•ing. 
n. 
  1. a tract or area of wet, swampy ground;
    bog;
    marsh.
  2. ground of this kind, as wet, slimy soil of some depth or deep mud.

v.t. 
  1. to plunge and fix in mire;
    cause to stick fast in mire.
  2. to involve;
    entangle.
  3. to soil with mire;
    bespatter with mire.

v.i. 
  1. to sink in mire or mud;
    stick.
  • Old Norse mȳrr bog; cognate with Old English mēos moss
  • Middle English 1300–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
mire /maɪə/ n
  1. a boggy or marshy area
  2. mud, muck, or dirt
vb
  1. to sink or cause to sink in a mire
  2. (transitive) to make dirty or muddy
  3. (transitive) to involve, esp in difficulties
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old Norse mӯrr; related to moss
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