\ 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 California already offers carbon removal credits and other incentives to companies that capture and bury harmful CO2 underground—a technique that academic and government researchers deem safe. Jennifer Alsever, Fortune, "Sci-fi tech tackles climate change with fake trees," 16 Mar. 2020 According to Islamic tradition, bodies are supposed to be buried quickly after death. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "Satellite images show Iran building burial pits for coronavirus victims," 13 Mar. 2020 According to Tom Metcalfe of Live Science, 250 skeletons were removed from the site 50 years ago; hundreds more are still thought to be buried there. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "U.K. Storms Unearth Bones From Historic Scottish Cemetery—and Archaeologists Are Worried," 12 Mar. 2020 Oregon survived a few early jitters, then buried Utah with a barrage of three-pointers on the way to a 79-59 win Friday afternoon in the Pac-12 women’s basketball tournament quarterfinals at Mandalay Bay Events Center. oregonlive, "No. 3 Oregon advances to Pac-12 tournament semis with a 79-59 win over Utah: Game at a glance," 7 Mar. 2020 With his team trailing 70-62, Hosley started his run with a jumper, then buried a 3-pointer after UAA got the ball back on a defensive rebound and then hit a layup after a Concordia turnover. Anchorage Daily News, "In its swan song, Concordia men’s basketball team upsets the Seawolves," 1 Mar. 2020 Season 2 ended with the Byrde family buried even deeper in corruption than ever before (and Wendy seems to be enjoying it). Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "When Is Ozark Season 3 Coming Out?," 19 Feb. 2020 In one experiment, the researchers were able to transmit the photons across a roughly 13-mile-long fiber-optic cable buried underground. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "We Just Got Our Best Look Yet at the Quantum Internet of the Future," 13 Feb. 2020 Just as Penn State began to pull away on a 3-pointer from Myreon Jones for a 61-55 lead with 8:32 remaining, Winston assisted on a jump shot from Gabe Brown, then buried a 3. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Cassius Winston misses twice late in Michigan State's 75-70 loss to Penn State," 5 Feb. 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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24 Mar 2020

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“Bury.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bury. Accessed 30 Mar. 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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