bare

adjective
\ 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

mere, very

Synonyms: Verb

disclose, discover, divulge, expose, let on (about), reveal, spill, tell, unbosom, uncloak, uncover, unmask, unveil

Antonyms: Verb

cloak, conceal, cover (up), enshroud, hide, mask, shroud, veil

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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

An email to the address on the group’s bare-bones website went unanswered for weeks until the group’s statement on Friday. New York Times, "Mystery Solved: Private-Equity-Backed Firms Are Behind Ad Blitz on ‘Surprise Billing’," 13 Sep. 2019 With a bare-bones team putting in long hours during every protest, and with seemingly endless weeks of demonstrations ahead, Orca is well aware of the risk of burning out. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Real-time maps warn Hong Kong protesters of water cannons and riot police," 3 Sep. 2019 This plan is typically much more expensive than a traditional homeowner's policy and offers bare-bones coverage that doesn't normally include theft, wind, water or earthquake damage, Bach said. Ed Leefeldt, CBS News, "After wildfires, hundreds of thousands of Californians can't get insurance," 30 Aug. 2019 For California homeowners who cannot find or afford new insurance, there is the FAIR Plan, a bare-bones fire policy created by the state and operated by insurance companies. Julie Cart, The Mercury News, "What to know as California’s peak fire months loom," 30 Aug. 2019 The architects of the three projects, which were built within federal limits but likely cost more than the bare-bones public housing of the past, clearly have done a lot. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Chicago shows how public housing and libraries can coexist and be visually stunning. Now we need more of them.," 22 Aug. 2019 That campaign has included the promotion of bare-bones insurance plans, cutbacks in marketing and outreach, and constant threats to repeal the law. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: California shows all states how to protect patients from Trump’s attacks on Obamacare," 16 Aug. 2019 His place was bare-bones: a trailer, a shed, a truck, a pen for horses with a big roll of hay next to it. Ted Conover, Harper's magazine, "The Last Frontier," 22 July 2019 The dealer decided to enhance the appearance of the bare-bones Transporter. Vern Parker, Houston Chronicle, "1969 Volkswagen Transporter: Functional pickup truck was built on that same platform as the Beetle," 20 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some of the outfits were clearly meant to be over the top, including mens’ looks that seemed to bare all: Many outfits did not cover the chest (putting a premium on gym work), and most of the tops were sheer. Washington Post, "Model Naomi Campbell takes spotlight at London Fashion Week," 14 Sep. 2019 Kourtney Kardashian is daring to bare her unfiltered self on social media — including her stretch marks! Colleen Kratofil, PEOPLE.com, "Fans Praise Kourtney Kardashian for Not Photoshopping Her Stretch Marks in Swimsuit Pic," 14 Aug. 2019 Plants with broadleaves like ligustrum, Indian hawthorn, loropetalum and azaleas can be trimmed back to bare stems, but if a few leaves are left, the recovery is often faster. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Cut stems to increase number of crape myrtle flower heads," 20 July 2019 Those who dare to bare often stay warmer than ever up top in puffy coats, big hats and scarves. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "It’s February, Why Are There Bare Ankles Everywhere?," 13 Feb. 2019 While the milestone doesn’t bare any significance on the market, the new high underscored stocks’ wild ride since last year’s selloff. Michael Wursthorn And Nathan Allen, WSJ, "Health-Care Rally Helps Lift Dow to Record Close," 11 July 2019 This interminable poem laid bare the carnage that ensues as a result of skullduggery. Rebecca Schuman, Longreads, "On Truth and Lying in the Extra German Sense," 20 June 2019 In his research, participants can bare looking at disgusting images for a shorter length of time than any other category. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Why You Can't Look Away From #CursedImages," 14 June 2019 Even the dining room is a cipher: Designed by Lundberg Design, the company that also worked on Mourad and Bluestem Brasserie, the room’s bare concrete walls are decorated with a smattering of anonymous glazed pottery pieces. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "At Maum in Palo Alto, a tasting menu that celebrates Korean American classics," 8 Aug. 2019

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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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More Definitions for bare

bare

adjective

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

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

: to remove the covering from (something)

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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