1a stretch of swampy or boggy ground:acres of land had been reduced to a mire [mass noun] soft mud or dirt: the roads retained their winter mire Ecology a wetland area or ecosystem based on peat.
2a complicated or unpleasant situation from which it is difficult to extricate oneself:the service is sinking in the mire of its own regulations
cause to become stuck in mud:sometimes a heavy truck gets mired down cover or spatter with mud: the horse waded through the red mud that mired it to its hocks
(mire someone/thing in
) involve someone or something in (a difficult situation):the economy is mired in its longest recession since the war