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adjective dire pronunciation in American English /daɪr/
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  1. 1
    very severe or serious
    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 country is in extremely dire straits.

  2. 2
    saying that something very bad is going to happen
    a dire warning/threat/prediction:

    The newspapers have all issued dire warnings about the consequences of failure for the government.

  3. 3
    informal of a very low standard

    The hotel we stayed in was dire.


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