bare

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

Essential Meaning of bare

1 : not having a covering There was a rug in the front room of the house, but the other floors were bare. The walls were bare. Do not let the bare wires touch.
2 : not covered by clothing, shoes, a hat, etc. He covered her bare arms with his coat. Her feet were bare. = She had bare feet. [=she wasn't wearing shoes or socks on her feet] See More ExamplesHe had a glove on his left hand, but his right hand was bare. His head is bare. [=he does not have a hat on]Hide
3 : not covered by leaves, grass, trees, or plants She likes the bare [=naked] branches of trees in the winter. The ground was bare where the statue had stood for years. The mountainside was laid bare by loggers. [=all the trees on the mountainside were cut down by loggers]

Full 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 tense 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 Meanwhile, Pieper’s arrival and subsequent date with Brendan laid bare the truth about their relationship, much to the chagrin of Natasha. Mike Rose, cleveland, 7 Sep. 2021 What might have otherwise been a sleepy meeting before an obscure committee instead laid bare the tensions at the heart of Galilee. BostonGlobe.com, 30 July 2021 The pandemic laid bare the problems that arise when public health is undervalued, underfunded and forgotten. Kirsi Goldynia, CNN, 26 July 2021 The pandemic laid bare the speed at which societal change can occur when the threat is big enough. Ekemini Uwan, The Atlantic, 14 July 2021 His mother saved him by fighting the cat off with her bare hands. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 30 Aug. 2021 The pandemic has caused such burnout — and laid bare the greater burden shouldered by women — that Boston therapist Elaine Espada is currently coaching multiple women on how to say a single word. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Aug. 2021 Tussling with her bare hands, her preferred weapons. Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2021 The pandemic laid bare a lot of inequities in the restaurant industry. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 24 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But every once in a while, college football’s sacrificial lambs bare their teeth and take a bite out of the standardized script. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 19 Sep. 2021 Pham’s removal order lays bare the complications of the federal deportation system. Taylor Kate Brown, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Aug. 2021 In her memoir, Lamb, a longtime magazine editor (lynettelamb.com) lays bare the reality of her side of the partnership, with all of its grief, fear and loneliness. Star Tribune, 30 July 2021 It’s in this moment that the film finally lays bare its sympathies. Nina Metz, chicagotribune.com, 10 May 2021 Milwaukee will soon bear witness to a group willing to bare it all in the name of body positivity. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 July 2021 Since making the bold decision in 2016 to stop wearing makeup, the singer has continued to encourage countless others to bare it all. Blake Newby, Essence, 10 June 2021 The Mao fad lays bare the paradoxical reality facing the party, which celebrated the centenary of its founding last week. New York Times, 8 July 2021 Salma Hayek inspired Jada Pinkett Smith to bare her soul - and her body - for a good cause. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 23 June 2021

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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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“Bare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bare. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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bare

adjective
\ 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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