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MIRE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does mire mean? 

MIRE (noun)
  The noun MIRE has 3 senses:

1. a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
2. deep soft mud in water or slush
3. a difficulty or embarrassment that is hard to extricate yourself from

  Familiarity information: MIRE used as a noun is uncommon.


MIRE (verb)
  The verb MIRE has 4 senses:

1. entrap
2. cause to get stuck as if in a mire
3. be unable to move further
4. soil with mud, muck, or mire

  Familiarity information: MIRE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


MIRE (noun)


Sense 1mire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

mire; morass; quag; quagmire; slack

Hypernyms ("mire" is a kind of...):

bog; peat bog (wet spongy ground of decomposing vegetation; has poorer drainage than a swamp; soil is unfit for cultivation but can be cut and dried and used for fuel)


Sense 2mire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Deep soft mud in water or slush

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Synonyms:

mire; slop

Context example:

they waded through the slop

Hypernyms ("mire" is a kind of...):

clay; mud (water soaked soil; soft wet earth)


Sense 3mire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A difficulty or embarrassment that is hard to extricate yourself from

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context examples:

the country is still trying to climb out of the mire left by its previous president / caught in the mire of poverty

Hypernyms ("mire" is a kind of...):

difficulty (a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome)


MIRE (verb)


Sense 1mire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Entrap

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

entangle; mire

Context example:

Our people should not be mired in the past

Hypernyms (to "mire" is one way to...):

involve (engage as a participant)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2mire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to get stuck as if in a mire

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

bog down; mire

Context example:

The mud mired our cart

Cause:

bog down; get stuck; grind to a halt; mire (be unable to move further)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 3mire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be unable to move further

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

get stuck; grind to a halt; mire; bog down

Context example:

The car bogged down in the sand

Hypernyms (to "mire" is one way to...):

stand still (remain in place; hold still; remain fixed or immobile)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 4mire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Soil with mud, muck, or mire

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

mud; muck up; muck; mire

Context example:

The child mucked up his shirt while playing ball in the garden

Hypernyms (to "mire" is one way to...):

begrime; bemire; colly; dirty; grime; soil (make soiled, filthy, or dirty)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


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