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verb \ˈber-ē, ˈbe-rē also ˈbər-\

Simple Definition of bury

  • : to put (a dead person or animal) in a grave

  • : to have someone that you love or are related to die

  • : to hide (something) in the ground

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bury



  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to dispose of by depositing in or as if in the earth; especially :  to inter with funeral ceremonies

  3. 2 a :  to conceal by or as if by covering with earth b :  to cover from view <buried her face in her hands>

  4. 3 a :  to have done with <burying their differences> b :  to conceal in obscurity <buried the retraction among the classified ads> c :  submerge, engross —usually used with in <buried himself in his books>

  5. 4 :  to put (a playing card) out of play by placing it in or under the dealer's pack

  6. 5 :  to succeed emphatically or impressively in making (a shot) <bury a jumper> <bury a putt>

  7. 6 :  to defeat overwhelmingly

bury the hatchet

  1. :  to settle a disagreement :  become reconciled

Examples of bury in a sentence

  1. He was buried with full military honors.

  2. Their ancestors are buried in the local cemetery.

  3. cultures that bury their dead

  4. The dog buried her bone.

  5. He buried the money in the backyard.

  6. the search for buried treasure

  7. He has learned to bury his feelings.

  8. She buried her face in her hands.

  9. The disclaimer was buried in the fine print.

  10. The newspaper covered the story, but it was buried in the back of section C.

Origin and Etymology of bury

Middle English burien, from Old English byrgan; akin to Old High German bergan to shelter, Russian berech' to spare

First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of bury

hide, conceal, screen, secrete, bury mean to withhold or withdraw from sight. hide may or may not suggest intent <hide in the closet> <a house hidden in the woods>. conceal usually does imply intent and often specifically implies a refusal to divulge <concealed the weapon>. screen implies an interposing of something that prevents discovery <a house screened by trees>. secrete suggests a depositing in a place unknown to others <secreted the amulet inside his shirt>. bury implies covering up so as to hide completely <buried the treasure>.


geographical name \ˈber-ē\

Definition of Bury

  1. town NW England in Greater Manchester pop 172,200

BURY Defined for Kids


verb \ˈber-ē\

Definition of bury for Students



  1. 1 :  to place in the ground and cover over for concealment <The pirates buried their treasure.>

  2. 2 :  to put (a dead body) in a grave or tomb

  3. 3 :  to cover with something <The snowstorm buried my car.>

  4. 4 :  to cover up :  hide <I was so ashamed that I buried my face in my hands.>

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