bury

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

Definition of bury

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 in buried 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

Bury

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

entomb, hearse, inhume, inter, lay, put away, tomb

Antonyms: Verb

disinter, exhume, unearth

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Verb

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

But after the Battle of the Bastards, the Starks buried Rickon next to Ned in the Winterfell crypts. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "There's a Crazy Theory Explaining Why Arya Stark Was Running in the Game of Thrones Season 8 Trailer," 8 Mar. 2019 According to local lore, buried in the foundation of its magnificent blue-tiled El Ghriba synagogue are a stone and a door carried from Jerusalem by Hebrew priests fleeing the wreckage of the First or Second Temple. Leslie Camhi, ELLE Decor, "Inside the World's Most Beautiful Synagogues," 5 Nov. 2018 Under the lone Morani tree (named after the first rhino buried in the cemetery), a tombstone reads: Sudan, The Last Male Northern White Rhino, 1973 - 2018. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "Can the Northern White Rhino Come Back from the Edge of Extinction?," 22 Sep. 2018 In another example of a good deed, a New York couple found about $16,000 of muddy and soggy cash, jewelry, diamonds and an engagement ring buried in a safe in their backyard. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "He found a purse with $8000, credit cards, plane tickets. Then he saw a crying woman," 28 June 2018 Cold, frigid conditions slow down the bacteria responsible for decomposition, meaning people buried in ice preserve a remarkable amount of genetic material. National Geographic, "How Ancient Mummies Helped This Soccer Player Get to the World Cup," 26 June 2018 For one thing, Gossard said, there are no circus elephants buried in the mass grave here, only circus people. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "The truths of the circus train crash of 1918 are more horrifying than myths," 20 June 2018 After a tumultuous posthumous journey (especially for his wife, Maria, whose grave was raided by a jewel thief), Pico was buried in the small graveyard of the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum in the City of Industry. 2. Hadley Meares, Los Angeles Magazine, "Who Was That? The People Behind Famous L.A. Place Names," 20 June 2018 While having your voice beamed into the cosmos is a pretty high honor, Stephen Castle at The New York Times reports that being buried in Westminster Abbey is about the highest Earthly honor out there. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "A Message From Stephen Hawking Is On Its Way to a Black Hole," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of bury

Verb

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

History and Etymology for bury

Verb

Middle English burien, from Old English byrgan; akin to Old High German bergan to shelter, Russian berech' to spare

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bury

verb

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

bury

verb
\ 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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