To tire is to grow weary or bored with something. As a noun, a tire is the large, rubber ring that surrounds a car's wheel. You might tire from the hard work of changing a flat tire.

When you tire, you need rest, or sometimes just a break: "When I tire of working on my homework, I like to read a book or watch TV for a while." As far as etymology goes, the verb is completely unrelated to the noun. The verb comes from an Old English word meaning "to become or make weary." The wheel-covering tire, on the other hand, was originally a shortened form of attire, "clothing or apparel," from the idea that a tire is, in a sense, clothing for a naked wheel.

Definitions of tire
  1. verb
    lose interest or become bored with something or somebody
    “I'm so tired of your mother and her complaints about my food”
    synonyms: fatigue, jade, pall, weary
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    conk out, peter out, poop out, run down, run out
    use up all one's strength and energy and stop working
    retire, withdraw
    lose interest
    back down, back off, bow out, chicken out, pull out
    remove oneself from an obligation
    type of:
    degenerate, deteriorate, devolve, drop
    grow worse
  2. verb
    exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress
    synonyms: fag, fag out, fatigue, jade, outwear, tire out, wear, wear down, wear out, wear upon, weary
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    freshen, refresh, refreshen
    make fresh again
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    beat, exhaust, tucker, tucker out, wash up
    wear out completely
    overfatigue, overtire, overweary
    tire excessively
    exhaust physically or emotionally
    exhaust by allowing to pull on the line
    tire out completely
    type of:
    cause to feel unwell
  3. verb
    cause to be bored
    synonyms: bore
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    excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of
  4. noun
    hoop that covers a wheel
    “automobile tires are usually made of rubber and filled with compressed air”
    synonyms: tyre
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    auto tire, automobile tire, car tire, rubber tire
    a tire consisting of a rubber ring around the rim of an automobile wheel
    pneumatic tire, pneumatic tyre
    a tire made of reinforced rubber and filled with compressed air; used on motor vehicles and bicycles etc
    wagon tire
    a metal hoop forming the tread of a wheel
    flat, flat tire
    a deflated pneumatic tire
    radial, radial tire, radial-ply tire
    pneumatic tire that has radial-ply casing
    recap, retread
    a used automobile tire that has been remolded to give it new treads
    snow tire
    an automobile pneumatic tire with deep tread to give traction in snow
    tubeless, tubeless tire
    pneumatic tire not needing an inner tube to be airtight
    type of:
    hoop, ring
    a rigid circular band of metal or wood or other material used for holding or fastening or hanging or pulling
  5. verb
    synonyms: exhaust, play out, run down, sap
    play out
    become spent or exhausted
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    consume, deplete, eat, eat up, exhaust, run through, use up, wipe out
    use up (resources or materials)
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