\ ˈber-ē How to pronounce bury (audio) , ˈbe-rē also ˈbər- \
buried; burying

Definition of bury

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transitive verb

1 : to dispose of by depositing in or as if in the earth buried their pet rabbit in the backyard especially : to inter with funeral ceremonies was buried with full military honors
2a : to conceal by or as if by covering with earth a dog burying a bone buried treasure
b : to cover from view buried her face in her hands Their car was buried under the snow.
3a : to have done with burying their differences
b : to conceal in obscurity buried the retraction among the classified ads
c : submerge, engross usually used with inburied himself in his books
4 : to put (a playing card) out of play by placing it in or under the dealer's pack
5 sports : to succeed emphatically or impressively in making (a shot) bury a jumper bury a putt
6 : to defeat overwhelmingly They were buried by a score of 15-2.
bury the hatchet
: to settle a disagreement : become reconciled time for them to bury the hatchet and start working together again


geographical name
\ ˈber-ē How to pronounce Bury (audio) \

Definition of Bury (Entry 2 of 2)

town in Greater Manchester, northwestern England population 172,200

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Synonyms & Antonyms for bury

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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hide, conceal, screen, secrete, bury mean to withhold or withdraw from sight. hide may or may not suggest intent. hide in the closet a house hidden in the woods conceal usually does imply intent and often specifically implies a refusal to divulge. concealed the weapon screen implies an interposing of something that prevents discovery. a house screened by trees secrete suggests a depositing in a place unknown to others. secreted the amulet inside his shirt bury implies covering up so as to hide completely. buried the treasure

Examples of bury in a Sentence

Verb He was buried with full military honors. Their ancestors are buried in the local cemetery. cultures that bury their dead The dog buried her bone. He buried the money in the backyard. the search for buried treasure He has learned to bury his feelings. She buried her face in her hands. The disclaimer was buried in the fine print. The newspaper covered the story, but it was buried in the back of section C.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On Sunday, Herbert and the Chargers will meet a Miami defense that also tries to bury the opposing quarterback in an avalanche of pressure. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Chargers rush to prepare Justin Herbert for Dolphins’ blitz," 11 Nov. 2020 No parade, no big crowds, but the leadership of the state Republican, Democratic, Libertarian and Independent parties masked up and joined together to bury the hatchet in its decorative wooden box. Star Tribune, "What Joe Biden knows about burying the hatchet," 9 Nov. 2020 Jansen will also set aside funds for the officers to bury their dog with a marker. Julia Fair, The Enquirer, "A new road, a K9 unit cemetery idea, broadband and water line extensions – By the Way, NKY," 26 Oct. 2020 Kill me, hate me, stone me, but bury me an honest man. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "A Timeline of Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith & August Alsina's 'Entanglement'," 20 Aug. 2020 The back-and-forth ended with a joint press conference to publicly bury the hatchet. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "How SpaceX and NASA overcame a bitter culture clash to bring back US astronaut launches," 9 Aug. 2020 So, deciding to bury them was a turning point in our evolving relationship with animals that reflects the values and norms of historical eras. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, "Pet Cemeteries Reveal Evolution of Humans’ Relationships With Furry Friends," 28 Oct. 2020 And Jung and the others would have to break it apart, with shovels, and bury it. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Trump and Dictators," 20 Oct. 2020 DeBoer couldn’t travel to her mother’s country of Azerbaijan, a former Soviet republic, to bury her and support her sister. Bob Timmons, Star Tribune, "DIY marathon will have to do," 1 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of bury


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

History and Etymology for bury


Middle English burien, birien, beryen, going back to Old English byrgan, byrian, going back to Germanic *burgjan-, probably meaning "to conceal" (whence also Old Norse byrgja "to close, shut, hide"), zero-grade derivative from the base of *bergan- "to keep safe" — more at harbor entry 1

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

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15 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bury.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bury. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bury

: to put (a dead person or animal) in a grave
: to have someone that you love or are related to die
: to hide (something) in the ground


\ ˈber-ē How to pronounce bury (audio) \
buried; burying

Kids Definition of bury

1 : to place in the ground and cover over for concealment The pirates buried their treasure.
2 : to put (a dead body) in a grave or tomb
3 : to cover with something The snowstorm buried my car.
4 : to cover up : hide I was so ashamed that I buried my face in my hands.

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