how to pronounce dire


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The above transcription of dire is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association. You can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

dire is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of dire in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… Services paints a more dire picture up …”

meanings of dire


  1. Bad in quality, awful, terrible. His dire mistake allowed her to checkmate him with her next move.
  2. Requiring action to prevent bad consequences: urgent, pressing.
  3. Warning of bad consequences: ill-boding; portentous.
  4. Expressing bad consequences: dreadful; dismal.

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