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verb [transitive]     wire pronunciation in British English
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present tense
present participlewiring
past tensewired
past participlewired
  1. 1



    wire up

    to connect a piece of electrical equipment to something, or to connect the wires inside a piece of equipment

    The kids are taught how to wire a plug.

    The patients are wired up to various machines for tests.

  2. 2
    to join things together using wire

    Doctors will wire the sections of broken bone together.

  3. 3
    to send money directly from one bank to another using an electronic system
  4. 4
    to hide a piece of equipment somewhere that allows conversations to be heard secretly
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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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