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Definition of misfire verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    misfire

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˌmɪsˈfaɪə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsˈfaɪər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they misfire
    BrE BrE//ˌmɪsˈfaɪə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsˈfaɪər//
     
    he / she / it misfires
    BrE BrE//ˌmɪsˈfaɪəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsˈfaɪərz//
     
    past simple misfired
    BrE BrE//ˌmɪsˈfaɪəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsˈfaɪərd//
     
    past participle misfired
    BrE BrE//ˌmɪsˈfaɪəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsˈfaɪərd//
     
    -ing form misfiring
    BrE BrE//ˌmɪsˈfaɪərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsˈfaɪərɪŋ//
     
    Motoring problems and accidents
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] (of a plan or joke) to fail to have the effect that you had intended synonym go wrong Unfortunately their plan misfired badly.
  2. 2(also miss) [intransitive] (of an engine) to not work correctly because the petrol/gas does not burn at the right time See related entries: Motoring problems and accidents
  3. 3[intransitive] (of a gun, etc.) to fail to send out a bullet, etc. when fired
  4. compare backfire
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: misfire