dire [daıə US daır] adj
[Date: 1500-1600; : Latin; Origin: dirus]
1.) extremely serious or terrible
warnings of dire consequences that often don't come true
The country is in dire need of food aid.
The situation looked dire.
2.) be in dire straits
to be in an extremely difficult or serious situation
Everyone agrees the sport is in dire straits.
3.) dire warning/prediction/forecast
a warning about something terrible that will happen in the future
Last night there were dire warnings of civil war.

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  • dire — Dire, Dicere, Praedicere, Eloqui, Enuntiare. Dire par jeu, et non à bon escient, Dicere ioco. Dire à bon escient et de courage, Ex animo dicere. Dire à bon escient et selon qu on le pense, Dicere sedulo. Dire d or, C est dire avec grande maniere… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • dire (1) — {{hw}}{{dire (1)}{{/hw}}A v. tr.  (pres. io dico , tu dici , egli dice , noi diciamo , voi dite , essi dicono ; imperf. io dicevo ; pass. rem. io dissi , tu dicesti , egli disse , noi dicemmo , voi diceste , essi dissero ; fut. io dirò , tu… …   Enciclopedia di italiano

  • dire — (ant. dicere / ditʃere/) [lat. dicĕre ] (pres. dico, dici [ant. o pop. di  ], dice, diciamo, dite, dìcono ; imperf. dicévo, ecc.; pass. rem. dissi, dicésti, ecc.; fut. dirò, ecc.; condiz. dirèi, ecc.; cong. pres. dica,... diciamo, dìcano ; cong.… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • Diré —   Commune and town   …   Wikipedia

  • dire — [ daır ] adjective 1. ) very severe or serious: News reports portray the situation as dire. in dire need: Refugees are arriving in dire need of food and medical attention. in dire straits (=in a very bad situation): The farming industry in this… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • dire — dire; dire·ful; dire·ly; dire·ness; ar·thro·dire; cryp·to·dire; dire·ful·ly; dire·ful·ness; pleu·ro·dire; …   English syllables

  • dire´ly — dire «dyr», adjective, dir|er, dir|est. causing great fear or suffering; dreadful: »the dire consequences of a nuclear war, dire necessity. Dire was the noise of conflict (Shakespeare). ╂[< Latin dīrus] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Dire — (d[imac]r), a. [Compar. {Direr} (d[imac]r [ e]r); superl. {Direst}.] [L. dirus; of uncertain origin.] 1. Ill boding; portentous; as, dire omens. [1913 Webster] 2. Evil in great degree; dreadful; dismal; horrible; terrible; lamentable. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Diré — Géographie Pays  Mali Région Tombouctou Cercle …   Wikipédia en Français

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