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

Definition of bury

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

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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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web When his legal team argued last week there was little due diligence would have revealed on fake users given Zatko’s claims that Twitter would bury any damaging information, the Court of Chancery in Delaware indicated Musk’s case rests on thin ice. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 14 Sep. 2022 Along with some golf, their first priority is to design and bury a time capsule to carry knowledge of their existence 500 years into the future. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2022 At least 33 fires have been reported at the craggy hilltop park in the past two weeks, according to the Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association, spurring nightlong patrols by locals wielding shovels to bury the flames. oregonlive, 10 Sep. 2022 Even with the Buckeyes unable to capitalize on an ASU turnover on downs near midfield prior to intermission, Ohio State scored on three of its next four scores to bury the Red Wolves. Mitchell Gladstone, Arkansas Online, 10 Sep. 2022 As a family prepares to bury a 28-year-old man who was fatally shot at a gas station on Monday, police in Charlotte, N.C., continue searching for a suspect. Elaine Aradillas, Peoplemag, 9 Sep. 2022 The arrest of a Democratic public official in Las Vegas for allegedly murdering a journalist shocked the nation, but news networks went out of their way to bury his party affiliation. Fox News, 9 Sep. 2022 As Britain gets set to bury Queen Elizabeth just as TIFF gets underway, there was an echo of the Canadian festival having to change pace on Sept. 6, 1997 when Britain held a funeral for Princess Diana after her death on Aug. 31 that year. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Sep. 2022 In the second minute of the second half, Petty served in a free kick from the right side that stayed in front for Hofmann, parked at the near post, to bury a rebound for a 2-1 lead. Glenn Graham, Baltimore Sun, 7 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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“Bury.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bury. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for bury


\ 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.

Bury geographical name

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

Definition of Bury

town in Greater Manchester, northwestern England population 172,200

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