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

     

    sire

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈsaɪə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sire
    BrE BrE//ˈsaɪə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪər//
     
    he / she / it sires
    BrE BrE//ˈsaɪəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪərz//
     
    past simple sired
    BrE BrE//ˈsaɪəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪərd//
     
    past participle sired
    BrE BrE//ˈsaɪəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪərd//
     
    -ing form siring
    BrE BrE//ˈsaɪərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1sire something to be the male parent of an animal, especially a horse
  2. 2sire something (old-fashioned or humorous) to become the father of a child
  3. Word Origin Middle English (in sense (2) of the noun): from Old French, from an alteration of Latin senior ‘older, older man’, comparative of senex, sen- ‘old man, old’. Sense (1) of the noun dates from the early 16th cent.
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