fare

1 of 2

verb

fared; faring

intransitive verb

1
: get along, succeed
how did you fare on your exam?
2
: go, travel
3
: eat, dine

fare

2 of 2

noun

1
a
: the price charged to transport a person
b
: a paying passenger on a public conveyance
2
a
: range of food : diet
b
: material provided for use, consumption, or enjoyment

Example Sentences

Verb The Mystery Maid, a halibut and black cod schooner, had fared badly of late and was in the process of being overhauled. David Guterson, Snow Falling On Cedars, 1994 … genuinely new creations do not usually fare well with mainstream publishers in any age. Erica Jong, New York Times Book Review, 5 June 1988 Back upstairs, I put on a gold lamé dress and fared forth to the first big dinner of 1968 … Lady Bird Johnson 25 Jan. 1968, in A White House Diary1970 residents of the flood-ravaged town are faring much better than one might have expected families can be seen faring along the road to the campground while driving or towing all manner of conveyance Noun Bush and Siberry's sixth albums find them trying harder than before to reach an audience less willing to indulge their wanderings—both albums communicate more directly, and sound more familiar, than their usual fairy-tale fare. Ann Powers, Village Voice, 7 Dec. 1993 Who would ever consider robbing this place for more than getaway bus fare? Amy Tan, The Kitchen God's Wife, 1991 As for Ronald Reagan, solid heartland fare like macaroni and cheese and hamburger soup is his favorite … Guy D. Garcia, Time, 14 Mar. 1988 I need some coins for the bus fare. The taxi driver picked up his fares at the airport. Less expensive fare is available at the restaurant across the street. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The bank expects developing countries to fare better, growing 3.4% this year, the same as in 2022, though still only about half the pace of 2021. Christopher Rugaber, Fortune, 10 Jan. 2023 The bank expects developing countries to fare better, growing 3.4% this year, the same as in 2022, though still only about half the pace of 2021. Time, 10 Jan. 2023 Investors have bailed out of big tech stocks and instead snapped up shares of energy companies and other defensive stocks that stand to fare better in a downturn. Hardika Singh, WSJ, 20 Dec. 2022 Midterm results will place into sharp relief how the White House, Democrats and Republicans are likely to fare over the next two years and lay bare the terrain presidential candidates will have to navigate. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 9 Nov. 2022 Agile organizations tended to fare better than their peers during the Covid-19 pandemic and have adjusted to the global talent shortage more quickly. Eric Friedman, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2022 He wasn’t expected to fare much better eight years later. Dan Mcgowan, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Oct. 2022 Global wealth in 2022 is not expected to fare as well. Tiffany Ap, Quartz, 20 Sep. 2022 The Hmong community, who fled primarily from Laos, for example, continues to fare the worst across nearly all measures of income, compared to all other racial groups. Kimmy Yam, NBC News, 20 Sep. 2022
Noun
Spatial Vision will debut this year on two upcoming Asus laptops, including one Vivobook (a line that’s traditionally more price-conscious than some of Asus’ other fare). Monica Chin, The Verge, 17 Jan. 2023 Bar Monette, named for his wife and filling the former Little Ruby space, will serve as a wine bar and offer tapas and other fare from Italy and Spain. Stephanie Breijostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 27 Dec. 2022 Look to the Zober Artificial Christmas Tree Storage Bag that's just $12, then grab a few of these large-capacity storage bags to fill with decorations, ornaments, and other holiday fare. Amy Schulman, Peoplemag, 26 Dec. 2022 The Margaret bar in Birmingham has added food to its agenda, offering sandwiches and other fare with a New Orleans flavor. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 22 Dec. 2022 The holiday snack haul begins in earnest right after Thanksgiving with co-workers bringing in leftover desserts and other calorie-rich fare. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, 20 Dec. 2022 No full menu is available yet at the restaurant, which is registered to manager-partner David Gonzalez, but should include eggs, pancakes, cinnamon rolls, mimosas and other comfort-food fare. Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel, 16 Dec. 2022 If approved, the District would join Alexandria in going fare-free in the Washington region. Justin George, Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2022 Ristorante Fiore will serve its last meals to customers on Christmas Day, 2022.Ristorante Fiore Ristorante Fiore, a staple of the North End will serve its last bowl of bombolotti and other Italian fare on Christmas Day, the restaurant said. Camilo Fonseca, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English faren, from Old English faran; akin to Old High German faran to go, Latin portare to carry, Greek peran to pass through, poros passage, journey

Noun

Middle English, journey, passage, supply of food, from Old English faru, fær; akin to Old English faran to go

First Known Use

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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

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Cite this Entry

“Fare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fare. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

fare

1 of 2 verb
ˈfa(ə)r How to pronounce fare (audio)
ˈfe(ə)r
fared; faring
1
2
: to proceed toward a goal : succeed
fared well on the test
3

fare

2 of 2 noun
1
: food sense 1
a café serving light fare
2
a
: the money a person pays to travel by public transportation (as a bus)
b
: a person paying a fare : passenger

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