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bare

adjective \ ˈber \

Definition of bare

barer; barest
1 a :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
3 a :unfurnished or scantily supplied
  • a bare room
b :destitute
  • bare of all safeguards
4 a :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

bareness

noun

Examples of bare in a Sentence

  1. 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 McAninchSaveurNovember 2008
  2. 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 AndrewsGourmetMarch 2007
  3. 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 RushinSports Illustrated14 May 2001
  4. There was a rug in the front room of the house, but the other floors were bare.

  5. Do not let the bare wires touch.

  6. He covered her bare arms with his coat.

  7. He had a glove on his left hand, but his right hand was bare.

  8. The ground was bare where the statue had stood for years.

  9. There was only one bare shelf.

  10. Her office was pretty bare, having only one desk and one chair.

  11. This is the barest room in the house.

  12. He only told me the bare facts about what happened.

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Usage Note on bear

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.

Origin and Etymology of bare

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

Synonym Discussion of bare

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

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bare

verb \ ˈber \

Definition of bare

bared; baring
transitive verb
:to make or lay (something) bare (see 1bare) :uncover

Examples of bare in a Sentence

  1. 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 Guide29 Oct.-4 Nov. 2007
  2. 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 PollittNation4/11 Aug. 2003
  3. 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 ManleyBooklist1 Apr. 2001
  4. 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. PosnerNew Republic21 Aug. 2000
  5. He bared his chest to show the scar.

  6. finally bared the secret that she had kept to herself for so long

Recent Examples of bare from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bare.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Usage Note on bear

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.

Origin and Etymology of bare

see 1bare


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bare

Definition of bare

  • archaic past of bear

BARE Defined for English Language Learners

bare

adjective

Definition of bare for English Language Learners

  • : not having a covering

  • : not covered by clothing, shoes, a hat, etc.

  • : not covered by leaves, grass, trees, or plants


bare

verb

Definition of bare for English Language Learners

  • : to remove the covering from (something)


BARE Defined for Kids

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bare

adjective \ ˈber \

Definition of bare for Students

barer; barest
1 :having no covering :naked
  • bare feet
  • The trees were bare of leaves.
2 :1empty 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 2
  • the bare facts

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bare

verb

Definition of bare for Students

bared; baring
:uncover 2


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