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English noun: mire

1. mire (object) a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot

Synonymsmorass, quag, quagmire, slack

Broader (hypernym)bog, peat bog

2. mire (substance) deep soft mud in water or slush

SamplesThey waded through the slop.


Broader (hypernym)clay, mud

3. mire (state) a difficulty or embarrassment that is hard to extricate yourself from

SamplesThe country is still trying to climb out of the mire left by its previous president.
Caught in the mire of poverty.

Broader (hypernym)difficulty

English verb: mire

1. mire (stative) entrap

SamplesOur people should not be mired in the past.


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)involve

2. mire (motion) cause to get stuck as if in a mire

SamplesThe mud mired our cart.

Synonymsbog down

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Causebog down, get stuck, grind to a halt, mire

Verb groupbog down, get stuck, grind to a halt, mire

3. mire (motion) be unable to move further

SamplesThe car bogged down in the sand.

Synonymsbog down, get stuck, grind to a halt

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)stand still

Verb groupbog down, mire

4. mire (contact) soil with mud, muck, or mire

SamplesThe child mucked up his shirt while playing ball in the garden.

Synonymsmuck, muck up, mud

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)begrime, bemire, colly, dirty, grime, soil

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