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Language tip of the week: making someone bored or becoming bored

Learn English with Macmillan DictionaryIn this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items.

This set of language tips will explore different ways to talk about emotions. This week’s tip looks at ways of saying to make someone feel bored or to become bored:

bore someone to make someone feel impatient or dissatisfied, especially by talking to them about things that are not very interesting:
I hope I’m not boring you. ♦ I won’t bore you with all the details.
get bored or be bored or become bored:
I love being alone, I never get bored. ♦ They soon grew bored and moved on to something else.
get tired of or grow tired of or become tired of to become bored with something that has continued for too long:
She was getting tired of going to the office every day.
get fed up with to become bored and annoyed with something that has continued for too long:
We got fed up with waiting and went home.

For greater emphasis you can say that someone is getting sick and tired of something:

I’m getting sick and tired of all this political correctness.

Did you know that Macmillan Dictionary includes a full thesaurus? This page lists more ways to say ‘make someone bored‘.

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