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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Swift also appeared to bury the hatchet this week with fellow pop star Katy Perry. Time, "Taylor Swift Just Announced the Summer Release Date for Her New Album Lover," 13 June 2019 Death Is a Growth Industry As cities are running out of room to bury the dead, the cost of funerals and caskets has increased more than twice as fast as prices for all commodities. Nellie Bowles, New York Times, "Could Trees Be the New Gravestones?," 12 June 2019 After uncharacteristically missing an open opportunity in the 47th minute, Fernandez made sure to bury his shot three minutes later. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive.com, "Brian Fernandez leads Portland Timbers to 2-1 win over Seattle Sounders in fourth round of U.S. Open Cup," 12 June 2019 Each catastrophe forced the Japanese to bury history and rebuild, reimagining neighborhoods, transportation systems, infrastructure, even social dynamics. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "Tokyo became a megacity by reinventing itself," 12 June 2019 Like many Jews, Cohen’s parents wanted to be buried in Israel. Josefin Dolsten, sun-sentinel.com, "Why some American Jews pay more than $20,000 to get buried in Israel," 11 June 2019 With Obama’s blessing, Rhodes and his colleagues took pains to bury the rhetorical hatchet that Washington had wielded since the days of the Cold War. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "Mexico, Cuba, and Trump’s Increasing Preference for Punishment Over Diplomacy," 11 June 2019 Straight Pride’ parade, how about this: The ‘desperately trying to bury our own gay thoughts by being homophobic because no one taught us how to access our emotions as children’ parade? Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Brad Pitt won’t be Straight Pride Parade’s ‘mascot’, reportedly threatened legal action," 7 June 2019 Just a thought, instead of 'Straight Pride' parade, how about this: The 'desperately trying to bury our own gay thoughts by being homophobic because no one taught us how to access our emotions as children' parade? Marianne Garvey, CNN, "Chris Evans blasts group planning 'Straight Pride' parade in Boston," 6 June 2019

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

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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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