bury

verb
\ ˈber-ē, 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 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 \

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

Kimchi was traditionally buried in stone pots underground, so that the vegetables would ferment at a certain temperature. Ilaf Esuf, SELF, "How 10 People Cook the Foods They Grew Up With After Immigrating to the United States," 4 Jan. 2019 Consistently, the ancient genomes most closely matched those of Aboriginal people now living in the same region where the ancient remains had once been buried. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "DNA may reconnect Aboriginal Australian remains with modern communities," 27 Dec. 2018 Simpson is buried next to her husband, the Duke of Windsor—and onetime King Edward VIII—in the Royal Burial Ground at Frogmore House. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Wallis Simpson Is Buried on the Grounds of Frogmore House, the Place Meghan Markle Will Soon Call Home," 9 Dec. 2018 In Madison Square, dead soldiers were hastily buried after the 1779 Siege of Savannah. Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Most Haunted Cities In America and Why You Should Visit," 18 Oct. 2018 Sandra Orizabal was buried hurriedly and without the usual wake on the order of health authorities. Fox News, "Search for Guatemala eruption victims halted as death toll hits 109," 2 Oct. 2018 This piece practically gets buried in the avalanche of layers, but that's what makes both looks work. The Editors, Marie Claire, "Easy Mix-and-Match Outfit Ideas for Fall," 4 Sep. 2018 On the beach, Michael’s entire body had been buried up to his neck. Caitlin Wolper, Teen Vogue, "Hookworms Buried Themselves Into a Tennessee Teen's Skin," 28 July 2018 Ruya Kadir was buried on Saturday, a week after her third birthday party. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "‘She came to us like a dream’: Hundreds attend memorial for young stabbing victim," 7 July 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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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 \
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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