- 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 outMore example sentences
get/grow/become tired, become fatigued, weaken, grow weak, lose one's strength, flag, droop, dropfatigue, tire out, wear out, overtire, weary, exhaust, drain, sap, wash out, tax, overtax, enervate, debilitate, enfeeble, jade, incapacitate, devitalize, prostrate• informal whack, shatter, bush, knacker, frazzle, wear to a frazzle, poop, take it out of, fag out, do in, knock outexhausting, wearying, fatiguing, enervating, draining, sapping, stressful, wearing, trying, crushing; demanding, exacting, taxing, challenging, burdensome, arduous, gruelling, punishing, grinding, onerous, difficult, hard, tough, heavy, laborious, back-breaking, crippling, strenuous, rigorous, uphill, stringent, strict• rare exigent
- 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.
- 2 [no object] (tire of) Lose interest in; become bored with: she will stay with him until he tires of herMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1 [with object] Exhaust the patience or interest of; bore: it tired her that Eddie felt important because he was involved behind the scenesMore example sentences
weary, become/get tired, become/get weary, become/get fed up, become/get fed to death, become/get bored, become/get satiated, become/get jaded, become/get sick, become/get sick to death, sicken; have had a surfeit, have had enough, have had a glut• informal have had something up to hereweary, make someone fed up, sicken, nauseate; irk, irritate, exhaust someone's patience, annoy, exasperate, get on someone's nerves• informal get to
- 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.
Old English tēorian 'fail, come to an end', also 'become physically exhausted', of unknown origin.