dire Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “dire” in the English Dictionary

"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 ​localpeople. mainly UK informal very ​bad: I ​thought her ​latestbook 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.
(Definition of dire from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “dire”
in Spanish terrible, espantoso, atroz…
in Vietnamese thảm khốc…
in Malaysian hebat…
in Thai เลวร้ายมาก…
in French terrible…
in German gräßlich…
in Chinese (Simplified) 严重的, 危急的, 极端的…
in Turkish müthiş, ürkütücü, korkunç…
in Russian ужасный, серьезный…
in Indonesian berbahaya…
in Chinese (Traditional) 嚴重的, 危急的, 極端的…
in Polish dramatyczny, skrajny…
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