\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


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, inhume, inter, lay, put away

Antonyms: Verb

disinter, exhume, unearth

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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.
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Families say the way they were notified ends up being the searing, specific detail that pains them long after their loved one is buried. Christie Thompson, sacbee, "Your loved one dies. The prison leaves a voicemail," 22 June 2018 But that doesn’t preclude the comet idea: Carbon monoxide may be buried deep under the glacier, or even trapped in a below-surface ocean. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Is Pluto Actually a Mash-up of a Billion Comets?," 30 May 2018 His shifting explanations included his statement that the baby had died and been buried. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "Montana 'Miracle' Baby: Suspect Allegedly Buried Boy in Mountains Because He Was 'Very Heavy'," 11 July 2018 In Deerfield Beach, the material is being dumped and buried in a landfill. Larry Barszewski, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Two South Florida cities turn their recyclables into trash," 3 July 2018 Azizuddin Lakhani died in January 1998, aged 62, and he is buried in Hollywood Hills. Mayukh Sen, Bon Appetit, "In Search of Fatima Lakhani, Whose Cookbook Changed the Way My Family Ate," 27 June 2018 Many of them died and were buried in unmarked graves, or were disposed of in a sewage tank on the grounds of the Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, where in 2014 a local historian documented the death of 796 babies and toddlers. Una Mullally, The Cut, "The War Over Women’s Bodies in Ireland Is Here," 24 May 2018 Blalock died in Chamal in 1925 and was buried in the American cemetery there. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Old American colony in Mexico clings to its past," 18 May 2018 The courtroom was quiet as Darling pulled a ragged, discolored piece of fabric from a plastic evidence bag and identified it as the sleeve of a jogging suit DiSarro was buried in. Shelley Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, "FBI agent describes grisly task of unearthing mob slaying victim in R.I.," 14 May 2018

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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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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 \
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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