ˈber-ē How to pronounce bury (audio)
 also  ˈbər-
buried; burying

transitive verb

: 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
: to conceal by or as if by covering with earth
a dog burying a bone
buried treasure
: to cover from view
buried her face in her hands
Their car was buried under the snow.
: to have done with
burying their differences
: to conceal in obscurity
buried the retraction among the classified ads
: submerge, engross
usually used with in
buried himself in his books
: to put (a playing card) out of play by placing it in or under the dealer's pack
sports : to succeed emphatically or impressively in making (a shot)
bury a jumper
bury a putt
: 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
Choose the Right Synonym for bury

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 On the same day as the IPO filing, reports emerged about Google paying a whopping $60 million annually for access to Reddit’s API, a detail buried beneath the headlines, but central to Reddit’s trajectory. Kylie Robison, Fortune, 23 Feb. 2024 This idea that there could be something buried and hidden down there: aliens, old ships, all of this. Josh Weiss, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 And some cemeteries require a concrete vault when burying a body. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Feb. 2024 Both included searchable lists of people buried in Hinds County’s pauper’s field. Jon Schuppe, NBC News, 22 Feb. 2024 In cases where no community can be determined, the Smithsonian should create a process for respectfully burying the remains. Ellen Wexler, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Feb. 2024 Other videos show men discovered inside cars, often buried under bags, though one was found hidden inside a large box. CNN, 21 Feb. 2024 Though that mission is also accompanied by the potential of uncovering a legendary treasure buried deep in some mysterious vault. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 21 Feb. 2024 According to researchers, the ancient scrolls were buried under over 65 feet of volcanic mud and were so fragile that they would be fully destroyed if mishandled. Nicholas Rice, Peoplemag, 10 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bury was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Bury.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bury. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


buried; burying
: to place a dead body in the earth, a grave, or the sea
: to place in the ground and cover over for concealment
buried treasure
: to cover up : hide
buried her face in her hands

Geographical Definition


geographical name

town in Greater Manchester, northwestern England population 172,200

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