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

     

    wire

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    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈwaɪə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwaɪər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wire
    BrE BrE//ˈwaɪə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwaɪər//
     
    he / she / it wires
    BrE BrE//ˈwaɪəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwaɪərz//
     
    past simple wired
    BrE BrE//ˈwaɪəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwaɪərd//
     
    past participle wired
    BrE BrE//ˈwaɪəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwaɪərd//
     
    -ing form wiring
    BrE BrE//ˈwaɪərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwaɪərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1wire something (up) to connect a building, piece of equipment, etc. to an electricity supply using wires Make sure the plug is wired up correctly.
  2. 2wire somebody/something up (to something) | wire somebody/something to something to connect somebody/something to a piece of equipment In the test, volunteers were wired up to brain monitors. You can wire speakers to a flat-screen TV. The microphone was wired to a loudspeaker.
  3. 3wire something (for something) to put a special device somewhere in order to listen secretly to other people’s conversations synonym bug The room had been wired for sound.
  4. 4(especially North American English) to send somebody a message by telegram wire something (to somebody) He wired the news to us. wire somebody (something) He wired us the news.
  5. 5to send money from one bank to another using an electronic system wire something (to somebody) The bank wired the money to her. wire somebody something The bank wired her the money.
  6. 6wire something to join things together using wire
  7. Word Origin Old English wīr; of Germanic origin, probably from the base of Latin viere ‘plait, weave’.Extra examples Many homes were wired for lighting only. She was wired up to a heart monitor. The Christmas tree lights are all wired to one plug. The components have to be wired together in a certain way. We’re genetically wired to love sugar. You should check that the socket is correctly wired.
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