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

He was born in the Garden of England, Kent, and retired to the dozy village of Langton Matravers on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, where he is buried. R.c., The Economist, "How conservatives—on the left and on the right—can defeat the populists," 9 July 2019 He is buried at grave number 18004 at the Evergreens Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. NBC News, "Historian unearths evidence of one of America's earliest gay rights activists," 5 July 2019 You are buried in the small screen of your smart toys, oblivious to trees, birds, rivers, seasons. Hasan Zillur Rahim, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Thoreau looms large on Independence Day," 3 July 2019 More: She was buried with a long-stemmed rose at an Avondale apartment complex. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Identity of woman buried with a rose on her chest still unknown," 1 July 2019 Their bodies were returned to El Salvador on Sunday and they were buried in a private ceremony on Monday. . New York Times, "‘It Is Our Fault’: El Salvador’s President Takes Blame for Migrant Deaths in Rio Grande," 1 July 2019 She, along with Richard who died in 2017, are buried in adjacent tombs facing the cathedral’s grand façade. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "The British suffragette who was crowned an “honorary” Ethiopian," 25 June 2019 He will be buried in the church cemetery, among family members. Laura Mcknight, nola.com, "‘It’s heartbreaking:’ New Orleans East man killed in random shooting spree described as a community anchor," 19 June 2019 He is buried there, alongside his beloved brother Theo, who supported him emotionally, financially and artistically before dying shortly after Vincent. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Was this the gun that killed van Gogh? It just sold for $182,000," 19 June 2019

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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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