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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Deputies apprehended the man, who indicated that a baby was buried somewhere in the woods. BostonGlobe.com, "Baby survives being buried in the woods for 9 hours," 9 July 2018 In a statement, Albuquerque City Councilor Klarissa Peña said the bones were found at a park being built near the site of a memorial for the women and unborn child found buried on West Mesa. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Discovery near mass gravesite leads to fears of more victims in unsolved serial killings," 4 July 2018 Time and geographic locale has been the saving grace for remains buried at Hockley Cemetery. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Historian and UTSA archaeologists discover remains at forgotten African American burial site," 18 June 2018 Hermond will be buried at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville. Sarah Meehan, baltimoresun.com, "Funeral underway for Ellicott City flood victim Eddison Hermond," 7 June 2018 Part of the problem with studying the region is that much of the important information is buried deep underneath a mile of ice. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Drilled a Mile-Long Hole in the Antarctic Ice," 28 Jan. 2019 Amaral, co-author of The Colour of Time with Dan Jones, will attend a literary festival at Althorp (the Spencer family estate, where Diana is buried) this fall. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Princess Diana’s Brother Releases Rare Photo of Their Father and the Resemblance Is Uncanny," 22 Aug. 2018 Upcoming performances feature twin-sister piano duo Christina and Michelle Naughton performing Ravel and more Debussy, bookended by Leonard Bernstein, who is buried in Green-Wood not far from the Catacombs. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Brooklyn’s Best Underground Music Scene: In the Catacombs of Green-Wood Cemetery," 13 Aug. 2018 The sarcophagus, which is a tomb that is sometimes buried, was discovered July 1 during routine excavation work for the construction of a new building in Alexandria’s Sidi Gaber district, according to the Ministry of Antiquities. Abigail Abrams, Time, "A Mysterious Sarcophagus That May Not Have Been Opened in 2,000 Years Was Found in Egypt," 14 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 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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