verb \ˈfer\

: to do something well or badly


Full Definition of FARE

intransitive verb
:  go, travel
:  get along, succeed <how did you fare on your exam?>
:  eat, dine

Examples of FARE

  1. <residents of the flood-ravaged town are faring much better than one might have expected>
  2. <families can be seen faring along the road to the campground while driving or towing all manner of conveyance>
  3. The Mystery Maid, a halibut and black cod schooner, had fared badly of late and was in the process of being overhauled. —David Guterson, Snow Falling On Ciders, 1994

Origin of FARE

Middle English faren, from Old English faran; akin to Old High German faran to go, Latin portare to carry, Greek peran to pass through, poros passage, journey
First Known Use: before 12th century


noun \ˈfer\

: the money a person pays to travel on a bus, train, boat, or airplane or in a taxi

: a passenger who pays a fare

: a specified kind of food

Full Definition of FARE

a :  range of food :  diet
b :  material provided for use, consumption, or enjoyment
a :  the price charged to transport a person
b :  a paying passenger on a public conveyance

Examples of FARE

  1. I need some coins for the bus fare.
  2. The taxi driver picked up his fares at the airport.
  3. Less expensive fare is available at the restaurant across the street.
  4. Bush and Siberry's sixth albums find them trying harder than before to reach an audience less willing to indulge their wanderings—both albums communicate more directly, and sound more familiar, than their usual fairy-tale fare. —Ann Powers, Village Voice, 7 Dec. 1993

Origin of FARE

Middle English, journey, passage, supply of food, from Old English faru, fær; akin to Old English faran to go
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel


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