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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.


Synonymsslop


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.


Synonymsentangle


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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