\ ˈber How to pronounce bare (audio) \
barer; barest

Definition of bare

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : lacking a natural, usual, or appropriate covering
b(1) : lacking clothing bare feet
(2) obsolete : bareheaded
c : lacking any tool or weapon opened the box with his bare hands
2 : open to view : exposed laying bare their secrets
3a : unfurnished or scantily supplied a bare room
b : destitute bare of all safeguards
4a : having nothing left over or added the bare necessities of life
b : mere a bare two hours away
c : devoid of amplification or adornment the bare facts
5 obsolete : worthless

bare

verb
\ ˈber How to pronounce bare (audio) \
bared; baring

Definition of bare (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to make or lay (something) bare (see bare entry 1) : uncover

bare

Definition of bare (Entry 3 of 3)

archaic past of bear

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Other Words from bare

Adjective

bareness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for bare

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Adjective

bare, naked, nude, bald, barren mean deprived of naturally or conventionally appropriate covering. bare implies the removal of what is additional, superfluous, ornamental, or dispensable. an apartment with bare walls naked suggests absence of protective or ornamental covering but may imply a state of nature, of destitution, or of defenselessness. poor half-naked children nude applies especially to the unclothed human figure. a nude model posing for art students bald implies actual or seeming absence of natural covering and may suggest a conspicuous bareness. a bald mountain peak barren often suggests aridity or impoverishment or sterility. barren plains

Usage Note on Bear

Verb

There is considerable confusion between the verbs bear and bare. It may help to remember that the verb bare has only one meaning: "to uncover," as in "bare your shoulders" and "a dog baring its teeth." All other uses of the verb are for bear: "bearing children," "the right to bear arms," "bearing up under the stress/weight," "can't bear the thought," "bear south," "it bears repeating."

There is occasional confusion between bear and bare in adjectival uses (as in "he rubbed his bear arms"), but bear is properly a noun and only used like an adjective in the financial phrase bear market. All other uses refer to the state of being uncovered or naked and should therefore be bare: "bare necessities," "bare essentials," "bare arms," "bare bones," "bare-knuckle," and so on.

Usage Note on Bear

Adjective

There is considerable confusion between the verbs bear and bare. It may help to remember that the verb bare has only one meaning: "to uncover," as in "bare your shoulders" and "a dog baring its teeth." All other uses of the verb are for bear: "bearing children," "the right to bear arms," "bearing up under the stress/weight," "can't bear the thought," "bear south," "it bears repeating."

There is occasional confusion between bear and bare in adjectival uses (as in "he rubbed his bear arms"), but bear is properly a noun and only used like an adjective in the financial phrase bear market. All other uses refer to the state of being uncovered or naked and should therefore be bare: "bare necessities," "bare essentials," "bare arms," "bare bones," "bare-knuckle," and so on.

Examples of bare in a Sentence

Adjective The brittle-looking branches of bare trees reached up from the horizon, and smoke could be seen curling from the chimneys of the sturdy stone houses in the villages we passed through. — David McAninch, Saveur, November 2008 The dining room is warm and comfortable in a quasi-Tuscan-villa style, with bare wood floors, mottled walls,  … and a glass room divider etched with images of grapes. — Colman Andrews, Gourmet, March 2007 A scant two hours after his Derby victory, Monarchos was back in his … stall, beneath a bare bulb, eating carrots from a red bucket. — Steve Rushin, Sports Illustrated, 14 May 2001 There was a rug in the front room of the house, but the other floors were bare. Do not let the bare wires touch. He covered her bare arms with his coat. He had a glove on his left hand, but his right hand was bare. The ground was bare where the statue had stood for years. There was only one bare shelf. Her office was pretty bare, having only one desk and one chair. This is the barest room in the house. He only told me the bare facts about what happened. Verb Ed McMahon calls upon the canine coach to help him settle down his aggressive … terrier, which is nice to Ed but bares its teeth at guests. TV Guide, 29 Oct.-4 Nov. 2007 You could argue that the very act of conducting a lengthy poll by telephone skews the response pool. What sort of person bares her soul to pollsters for upward of an hour—and during the holiday season yet? — Katha Pollitt, Nation, 4/11 Aug. 2003 When Eastman called Death in the Afternoon (Hemingway's nonfiction book about bullfighting) "a literary style of wearing false hair on the chest," Hemingway had no other options than to bare his hirsute midsection and duke it out with his rival author in front of their editor, Max Perkins. The common mythology is that Hemingway beat Eastman to a bloody pulp, but Perkins' account had Eastman gaining the upper hand. — Will Manley, Booklist, 1 Apr. 2001 The better analogy is to bare all on the talk shows in which ordinary people are encouraged to reveal intimate aspects of their private lives. — Richard A. Posner, New Republic, 21 Aug. 2000 He bared his chest to show the scar. finally bared the secret that she had kept to herself for so long
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Strike learns the bare facts of the case from Margot’s surviving daughter, Anna, who has never stopped hoping for an answer. Bill Sheehan, Washington Post, "J.K. Rowling’s ‘Troubled Blood’ is her most ambitious Robert Galbraith novel yet — and likely the most divisive," 17 Sep. 2020 Instead, the Big Ten’s decision to play football this fall — just like those of the other conferences who have returned to the field already — has stripped bare another layer of college football’s veneer. Billy Witz, New York Times, "In the Big Ten, Football Gets to Play by Its Own Rules," 16 Sep. 2020 The Chase Freedom Flex gives you plenty of opportunities to earn cash back for the bare essentials. Taylor Medine, USA TODAY, "Chase's new credit card has big-time benefits without an annual fee," 15 Sep. 2020 DeBerry said this year’s high-profile killings of Black people, including George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, have laid bare how policing and criminal justice reform happen at the state level. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Progressive DAs form new alliance to combat ‘tough-on-crime’ orgs," 15 Sep. 2020 Don’t forget to buy a quality tree skirt to cover up the bare metal stand, which is a dead giveaway that your tree is a fake. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The 8 Best Artificial Christmas Trees to Brighten the Holidays," 15 Sep. 2020 The charismatic, voluble, and pensive Belarmino, with his long presence in the public eye, doesn’t so much thrive in front of the camera as bare his soul to it. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Belarmino,” a Hidden Masterwork Starring a Portuguese Boxer Who Could Have Been a Contender," 14 Sep. 2020 The stage had been stripped bare and the flower arrangements removed by the time Joe Biden arrived at the Flight 93 memorial, three hours after President Trump had addressed a Sept. 11 ceremony on the very spot. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Biden is consoler in chief to Trump's commander in chief at Shanksville 9/11 memorial," 11 Sep. 2020 Spritz on bare skin to prep, after makeup to set or as an instant refresher mist throughout the day. Erica Metzger, Better Homes & Gardens, "2020 Beauty Awards: Our Favorite Makeup Products of the Year," 11 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While Gigi, 25, cradled her baby bump over a white dress for the outdoor sunset snap, Bella pulled up her hot pink tank top to bare her post-meal tummy. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Bella Hadid Jokingly Compares Her 'Burger' Belly to Pregnant Sister Gigi Hadid's Baby Bump," 15 Sep. 2020 Five people bare their souls — and their political passions — via Zoom in this new comedy directed by Jay Roach. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fall movie preview, pandemic edition: Wonder Woman vs. the 1980s, James Bond vs. Freddie Mercury, and more," 10 Sep. 2020 My concern is that ‘disorder’ – by definition signalling abnormality – may make some women feel more out of control; that a monster within is always waiting to bare its teeth. Eleanor Morgan, refinery29.com, "What Causes PMDD? Yeah, They Don’t Know," 10 Sep. 2020 Women will soon be allowed to bare more flesh in Chicago establishments that sell liquor, in a move aldermen approved Wednesday to settle a federal lawsuit by a transgender woman. John Byrne, chicagotribune.com, "Aldermen approve measure that will allow more nudity in Chicago bars," 9 Sep. 2020 Women would soon be allowed to bare more flesh in Chicago establishments that sell liquor, in a move aldermen advanced Tuesday to settle a federal lawsuit by a transgender woman. John Byrne, chicagotribune.com, "City Council plan advances to allow women to bare more flesh in Chicago establishments," 25 Aug. 2020 But trying to unpack what exactly unfolded at Barnwell lays bare the confusing and often conflicting available information about COVID-19’s deadly path through the state’s elderly population. Joe Sexton, ProPublica, "Local Officials Say a Nursing Home Dumped Residents to Die at Hospitals," 11 Aug. 2020 Davis is unlikely to bare his soul to the media, as Bostock did to me that night in Seattle. SFChronicle.com, "Khris Davis’ slump brings back sad memory of long-ago Angels outfielder Lyman Bostock," 1 Aug. 2020 In this time of pandemic and divisiveness Susan Eisenhower lovingly lays bare the essence of her grandfather’s leadership in war and peace—his singular devotion to the unity and security of the American people and the nation’s allies. David L. Roll, WSJ, "‘How Ike Led’ Review: Unity of Purpose," 31 July 2020

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First Known Use of bare

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bare

Adjective and Verb

Middle English, from Old English bær; akin to Old High German bar naked, Lithuanian basas barefoot

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The first known use of bare was before the 12th century

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20 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bare. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not having a covering
: not covered by clothing, shoes, a hat, etc.
: not covered by leaves, grass, trees, or plants

bare

verb
How to pronounce bare (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of bare (Entry 2 of 2)

: to remove the covering from (something)
\ ˈber How to pronounce bare (audio) \
barer; barest

Kids Definition of bare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having no covering : naked bare feet The trees were bare of leaves.
2 : empty entry 1 sense 1 The cupboard was bare.
3 : having nothing left over or added : mere the bare necessities … Thorton was abreast of him and a bare half-dozen strokes away …— Jack London, The Call of the Wild
4 : bald sense 2 the bare facts

bare

verb
bared; baring

Kids Definition of bare (Entry 2 of 2)

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