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