bury

verb
\ 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

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

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Wara said progress in these areas can’t be measured solely by how many trees are trimmed or by how many miles of lines are buried. J.d. Morris, SFChronicle.com, "PG&E details plan to reduce reach of California blackouts by a third," 7 Feb. 2020 Givens died in 1971 and is buried in Greenview Cemetery in Florence. Kelly Kazek | Kkazek@al.com, al, "How an Alabama teen became America’s first WWI hero," 6 Feb. 2020 Kenyatta ordered national flags lowered to half-staff until after Mr. Moi was buried. Tom Odula, BostonGlobe.com, "Former Kenyan president Daniel arap Moi is dead at age 95," 5 Feb. 2020 This is one of the tantalizing details that is buried in this report on Lee’s recent appearance at the invitation-only Upfront Summit in Pasadena, Calif., last week. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Here’s how to enable Black Girl Magic at work," 4 Feb. 2020 Plessy died on March 1, 1925, and was buried in St. Louis Cemetery in New Orleans. Glenn Rifkin, New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Homer Plessy, Who Sat on a Train and Stood Up for Civil Rights," 31 Jan. 2020 Higgs’ daughter died while at Vicksburg and was buried by the soldiers. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "An escaped slave was the 'Florence Nightingale’ of Indiana's Civil War regiment," 30 Jan. 2020 The busy Bay Bridge Road now bisects the community, separating the historic Union Missionary Baptist Church from the graveyard where several of its African founders are buried. National Geographic, "https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2020/02/clotilda-americas-last-slave-ship-stole-them-from-home-it-couldnt-steal-their-identities-feature.html," 16 Jan. 2020 The person who was fully buried by the avalanche had minor injuries while the other two weren’t hurt. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "None seriously injured after 2 people caught in avalanche near Crow Pass, officials say," 12 Jan. 2020

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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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11 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bury.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buries. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for bury

bury

verb
How to pronounce Bury (audio)

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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