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1 [tahyuhr]
verb (used with object), tired, tiring.
to reduce or exhaust the strength of, as by exertion; make weary; fatigue: The long walk tired him.
to exhaust the interest, patience, etc., of; make weary; bore: Your stories tire me.
verb (used without object), tired, tiring.
to have the strength reduced or exhausted, as by labor or exertion; become fatigued; be sleepy.
to have one's appreciation, interest, patience, etc., exhausted; become or be weary; become bored (usually followed by of ): He soon tired of playing billiards.
British Dialect, fatigue.

before 900; late Middle English (Scots) tyren (v.), Old English tȳrian, variant of tēorian to weary, be wearied

2. exasperate, irk.
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tire1 (ˈtaɪə)
1.  (tr) to reduce the energy of, esp by exertion; weary
2.  (tr; often passive) to reduce the tolerance of; bore or irritate: I'm tired of the children's chatter
3.  (intr) to become wearied or bored; flag
[Old English tēorian, of unknown origin]

tire2 (ˈtaɪə)
n, —vb
the US spelling of tyre

tire3 (ˈtaɪə)
vb, —n
an archaic word for attire

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Word Origin & History

"to weary," also "to become weary," O.E. teorian (Kentish tiorian), of unknown origin, not found outside English. Tiresome "tedious" is first recorded c.1500.

late 15c., "iron rim of a carriage wheel," probably from tire "equipment, dress, covering" (c.1300), an aphetic form of attire. The notion is of the tire as the dressing of the wheel. The original spelling was tyre, which had shifted to tire in 17c.-18c., but since early
19c. tyre has been revived in Great Britain and become standard there. Rubber ones, for bicycles (later automobiles) are from 1870s.
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