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verb \ˈfer\

Simple Definition of fare

  • : to do something well or badly

Full Definition of fare


  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  go, travel

  3. 2 :  get along, succeed <how did you fare on your exam?>

  4. 3 :  eat, dine

Examples of fare

  1. 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

  2. … genuinely new creations do not usually fare well with mainstream publishers in any age. —Erica Jong, New York Times Book Review, 5 June 1988

  3. Back upstairs, I put on a gold lamé dress and fared forth to the first big dinner of 1968 … —Lady Bird Johnson, 25 Jan. 1968, in A White House Diary, 1970

  4. <residents of the flood-ravaged town are faring much better than one might have expected>

  5. <families can be seen faring along the road to the campground while driving or towing all manner of conveyance>

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\

Simple Definition of fare

  • : 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

  1. 1 a :  range of food :  diet b :  material provided for use, consumption, or enjoyment

  2. 2 a :  the price charged to transport a person b :  a paying passenger on a public conveyance

Examples of fare

  1. 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

  2. Who would ever consider robbing this place for more than getaway bus fare? —Amy Tan, The Kitchen God's Wife, 1991

  3. As for Ronald Reagan, solid heartland —farelike macaroni and cheese and hamburger soup is his favorite … —Guy D. Garcia, Time , 14 Mar. 1988

  4. I need some coins for the bus fare.

  5. The taxi driver picked up his fares at the airport.

  6. Less expensive fare is available at the restaurant across the street.

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

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