fare

verb
\ ˈfer How to pronounce fare (audio) \
fared; faring

Definition of fare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

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

fare

noun

Definition of fare (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms for fare

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of fare in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As Newsom finishes his first year in office, Alexei Koseff reports on how his key campaign promises have fared so far. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: How wine tariffs on Europe could hurt California," 7 Jan. 2020 Here’s a look at how Alabama, Auburn and in-state players fared in the game: Five-star linebacker signee Chris Braswell recorded three tackles – two solos and one assist – and added a sack. Josh Bean | Jbean@al.com, al, "How Alabama and Auburn signees performed in Under Armour all-star game," 3 Jan. 2020 Testing services are constantly in demand, regardless of how the economy is faring. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Bridges, stadium roofs and airports: This Phoenix company makes sure steel and other materials won't fail," 28 Dec. 2019 Browse through the photos to see how the Rockets have fared in each game this season. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets seek to learn from loss to Warriors," 28 Dec. 2019 Last week the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published a report showing how 189 face-recognition algorithms, submitted by 99 developers across the globe, fared at identifying people from different demographics. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, "How NIST Tested Facial Recognition Algorithms for Racial Bias," 27 Dec. 2019 The single night snapshot represents a key benchmark to determine how the nation is faring in the effort to end homelessness. CBS News, "Homeless population rises for third year in a row," 20 Dec. 2019 Routes in later rounds can be tweaked depending on how climbers fare in earlier ones. The Economist, "For Olympic climbing’s route-setters, a blank wall is a canvas," 18 Dec. 2019 To me, what stands out today is how well congregations are generally faring even as the share of Americans who belong to a house of worship declines. David King, The Conversation, "6 charts that illustrate the surprising financial strength of American houses of worship," 16 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For those who are game to book 2020 travel before the end of the month, the latest Emirates sale is offering wildly low fares to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, West Asia, and islands in the Indian Ocean right now. Madison Flager, Condé Nast Traveler, "Emirates' Sale Has Round-Trip Flights to Europe as Low As $409," 6 Jan. 2020 The California app aims to give drivers more say over their own business by allowing them to see a fare before accepting it and to refuse trips without being penalized by Uber's rating system, the Post reported. CBS News, "Judge says freelance journalists missed deadline to challenge California labor law," 6 Jan. 2020 Delta has responded by offering a $154 one-way fare during the same time period. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "With the new year arrives a new crop of cheap flights to popular destinations," 4 Jan. 2020 For those who live outside the city, the program will put $10 toward the overall fare. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Options abound for NYE revelers getting home; consequences for those who choose to drink and drive," 31 Dec. 2019 Trump won Iowa in 2016 by 9 points, and Ernst’s performance is likely to be closely tied to how Trump fares in next fall’s general election, which is an open question in what has been swing state, analysts said. Laura Litvan, Fortune, "Trump Impeachment Trial Will Test Vulnerable Incumbent Senators," 30 Dec. 2019 This was more or less the fare from Oxford to London. V. S. Naipaul, The New Yorker, "The Strangeness of Grief," 30 Dec. 2019 Set your pickup date, time, location, destination, and ride type and get a fare estimate. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Getting an Uber or Lyft on New Year's Eve? Here's how to reserve your ride now," 30 Dec. 2019 In Chile the grievances went far beyond the fare rise, which the country’s president, Sebastián Piñera, agreed to reverse. The Economist, "2019 in review: protest and populism in Latin America," 25 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of fare

Verb

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

Noun

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

History and Etymology for fare

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

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

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Last Updated

10 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fare.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fare. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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More Definitions for fare

fare

verb
How to pronounce fare (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of fare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to do something well or badly

fare

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fare (Entry 2 of 2)

: the money a person pays to travel on a bus, train, boat, or airplane or in a taxi
: a passenger who pays a fare
: a specified kind of food

fare

verb
\ ˈfer How to pronounce fare (audio) \
fared; faring

Kids Definition of fare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to get along : succeed Stores at that location don't fare well.

fare

noun

Kids Definition of fare (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the money a person pays to travel (as on a bus)
2 : a person paying a fare
3 : food sense 1 The new restaurant offers Mexican fare.

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