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Definition of dire adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (direr, direst)
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  1. 1[usually before noun] (formal) very serious living in dire poverty Such action may have dire consequences. We're in dire need of your help. The firm is in dire straits (= in a very difficult situation) and may go bankrupt.
  2. 2(informal) (of a warning or threat) predicting disaster dire warnings about breathing the fumes
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