There are 2 definitions of tire in English:

tire1

Syllabification: tire
Pronunciation: /tīr
 
/

verb

  • 1Feel or cause to feel in need of rest or sleep: [no object]: soon the ascent grew steeper and he began to tire [with object]: the journey had tired her the training tired us out
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    • An hour later and I was beginning to tire after a long hard day.
    • The teachers have an important role in the protection of children, but they too live in the same difficult, tiring and often very frightening or humiliating situation.
    • Repairing people for a living can be rewarding but it's also is stressful, tiring and sometimes just awful.
    Synonyms
    weaken, grow weak, flag, wilt, droop; deterioratefatigue, tire out, exhaust, wear out, drain, weary, frazzle, overtire, enervate
    informal knock out, do in, wear to a frazzle
    exhausting, wearying, taxing, fatiguing, wearing, enervating, draining; hard, heavy, arduous, strenuous, onerous, uphill, demanding, grueling
    informal murderous
  • 1.1 (tire of) Lose interest in; become bored with: she will stay with him until he tires of her
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    • I skipped entire chapters, reading slices of sections until I tire of the plot.
    • But all writer-actors say that until they tire of spending days alone with a computer.
    • Bart tires of Homer's lack of interest in him and chooses another father from the Bigger Brother program.
    Synonyms
    weary of, get fed up with, get sick of, get bored with, get impatient with
    informal have had it up to here with, have had enough of
  • 1.2 [with object] Exhaust the patience or interest of; bore: it tired her that Eddie felt important because he was involved behind the scenes
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    • There's nothing to indicate he's lost stride or that he's tired or bored of his schtick.
    • The voice was tired and bored, but not impolite.
    • By the end of the third debate, his nine or 10 stock points had begun to lose their shine, and he began to appear like a weary salesman, tiring both himself and his audience with his spiel.

Derivatives

tiring

adjective
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  • It's been a long and tiring weekend - did music for about 16 hours so far since Friday - but here are a few great links to keep you occupied.
  • Each breath seems belabored and more tiring than beneficial.
  • Fending off stealth ninjas with cardboard swords is very tiring.

Origin

Old English tēorian 'fail, come to an end', also 'become physically exhausted', of unknown origin.

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There are 2 definitions of tire in English:

tire2

Syllabification: tire
Pronunciation: /
 
tīr/
(British tyre)

noun

  • 1A rubber covering, typically inflated or surrounding an inflated inner tube, placed around a wheel to form a flexible contact with the road.
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    • The shocks absorber setting allows maximum contact between the tire and the road surface.
    • In situations where you would expect understeer on street tyres, the sticky rubber endows the front end with amazing grip.
    • The Rascal is a tracked vehicle with six double road wheels with rubber tyres on each side.
  • 1.1A strengthening band of metal fitted around the rim of a wheel.
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    • The derailed train cars were carrying tires and mixed merchandise.
    • These vehicles are not Hi-Rail equipped but do have a steel flange fastened on the inside of the tires.
    • One problem the team had to overcome was that zinc oxide, which is an essential component of the tires, disrupts the coupling process.

Origin

late 15th century (denoting the curved pieces of iron plate with which carriage wheels were formerly shod): perhaps a shortening of attire (because the tire was the “clothing” of the wheel).

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