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Noun: mire  mI(-u)r
  1. A soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
    - quagmire, quag, morass, slack
  2. Deep soft mud in water or slush
    "they waded through the mire";
    - slop
  3. A difficulty or embarrassment that is hard to extricate yourself from
    "the country is still trying to climb out of the mire left by its previous president"; "caught in the mire of poverty"
Verb: mire  mI(-u)r
  1. Entrap
    "Our people should not be mired in the past";
    - entangle
  2. Cause to get stuck as if in a mire
    "The mud mired our cart";
    - bog down
  3. Be unable to move further
    "The car mired in the sand";
    - grind to a halt, get stuck, bog down
  4. Soil with mud, muck, or mire
    "The child mired up his shirt while playing ball in the garden";
    - muck, mud, muck up [informal]

Derived forms: mired, miring, mires

Type of: begrime, bemire [archaic], bog, clay, colly [archaic], difficultness, difficulty, dirty, fix [informal], grime, hole [informal], involve, jam [informal], kettle of fish [informal], mess [informal], mud, muddle [informal], peat bog, pickle [informal], soil, stand still

Encyclopedia: Mire