Meaning of “dire” in the English Dictionary

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"dire" in British English

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direadjective

uk /daɪər/ us /daɪr/

very serious or extreme:

These people are in dire need of help.
He gave a dire warning that an earthquake was imminent.
This decision will have dire consequences for local people.

mainly UK informal very bad:

I thought her latest book was dire!

(Definition of “dire” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dire" in American English

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direadjective

us /dɑɪər/

very serious or extreme:

Cheating will bring dire consequences.

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(Definition of “dire” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)