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verb [intransitive] misfire pronunciation in British English /mɪsˈfaɪə(r)/
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present tense
I/you/we/theymisfire
he/she/itmisfires
present participlemisfiring
past tensemisfired
past participlemisfired

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  1. if a gun misfires, the bullet does not come out
    1. a.
      if an engine misfires, the fuel does not burn in the right way and it does not work smoothly

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