\ 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


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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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 The departure of Hook, 52, appears to bury any remaining chance of a diplomatic initiative with Iran before the end of Trump's term. David E. Sanger And Michael Crowley New York Times, Star Tribune, "Iran envoy, a Trump team 'survivor,' is stepping down from post," 6 Aug. 2020 During his eulogy for John Lewis, Barack Obama seemed keen to bury the Senate's procedural relic once and for all. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Tide Is Turning Against the Filibuster," 4 Aug. 2020 The public explanation for their trip is to find, recover, and bury their friend. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods is a hard watch, but an easy Netflix recommendation," 19 June 2020 Space seed potatoes about 12 inches apart in all directions and bury them 3 inches deep. Doug Hall, Good Housekeeping, "7 Tips for Growing Perfect Potatoes," 21 May 2020 In less than 48 hours, 29-year-old Jesslyn Layfield will bury her firstborn, 8-year-old Royta Giles Jr. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "‘We have gained a guardian angel’: Royta Giles Jr. honored at emotional Hoover prayer vigil," 10 July 2020 Trump's associates have tried to bury his educational records from the New York Military Academy and Fordham. TheWeek, "Trump's niece claims he paid someone to take his SAT," 7 July 2020 Female adults lay eggs in the balls and bury them to supply food for the larvae. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Meet the beetles: Varied insects are beneficial to your garden," 6 July 2020 When my husband and I decided to sell our first home, a townhouse in Virginia, my mom advised me to buy a St. Joseph’s statue and bury it in the yard. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, "For people of color, choosing which masks to put on, and which ones to take off, brings a challenge," 4 July 2020

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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, 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 Aug 2020

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“Bury.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bury. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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


\ 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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