\ ˈfer \
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



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

cope, do, get along, get by, get on, make out, manage, shift

Synonyms: Noun

bread, chow, chuck [chiefly West], comestibles, eatables, eats, edibles, food, foodstuffs, grub, meat, provender, provisions, table, tucker [chiefly Australian], viands, victuals, vittles

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Examples of fare in a Sentence


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


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

And farmers across different markets have grown increasingly nervous about how their businesses will fare if the trade war continues. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Trump’s trade war on Christmas," 29 Nov. 2018 The Conners, ABC’s spinoff of Roseanne after the network fired Roseanne Barr, is set to premiere on Tuesday, and fans are curious to know how the show will fare without Barr — and how her character gets killed off from the show. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "How and When to Watch and Stream 'The Conners' Premiere," 16 Oct. 2018 At the behest of ESPN.com, Pro Football Focus plumbs its database and newly ranks every NFL roster, 1 through 32, based on projected 2018 starting lineups and how those players fared last season. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Looking for reasons the Dolphins can surprise their doubters in 2018? Here are seven," 27 June 2018 Here’s how the Knights fared during the past week: Tuesday: Right-handed Donny Roach ran his record to 8-2 as the Knights downed Columbus 6-2. Steve Lyttle, charlotteobserver, "One of baseball’s top major league prospects has been promoted to Charlotte Knights," 24 June 2018 With 25-to-54 viewers, here’s how the cable news channels fared: Fox News with 594,000, CNN with 349,000 and MSNBC with 348,000. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'America's Got Talent': No. 1 and how!," 19 June 2018 Feldman and baby Ariella are the stars of the first in a new series of poignant videos designed to highlight how a variety of EY employees are faring inside and outside of work. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Happy Father's Day: A New Video Celebrates Inclusion at EY," 15 June 2018 There has been no independent research to determine whether the programs are safe or effective, or how students fare emotionally after camp, retreat directors concede. San Francisco Chronicle, "A Retreat’s Risky Lessons," 14 June 2018 Other countries fared much worse — 17 out of 65 surveyed had adopted laws restricting online media. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The Google walkout offers a playbook for successful corporate protests," 2 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Either way, the interest in Japanese fare for the new year likely speaks to the city’s growing fascination with the cuisine overall, say many food professionals. Charles Passy, WSJ, "New Year’s Resolution: Celebrate With a Japanese Feast," 29 Dec. 2018 Flagship carrier Turkish Airlines, meanwhile, is ramping up its business class offerings while continuing to slash fares for economy travelers. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 Train companies sold excursion fares for thousands of people to attend these spectacle lynchings. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "The Sears catalog brought city goods to the country. It also unintentionally combatted white supremacy.," 19 Oct. 2018 This system is standard fare for role-playing games, but the rewards are more tangible than normal in Starlink. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Starlink: Battle for Atlas review: Cool toys, solid spacefaring," 16 Oct. 2018 The carrier has also reduced fares for flights departing the island state and waived change fees for passengers who planned to travel between Aug. 21 and Aug. 26. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Hurricane Lane: Airlines cancel flights, waive change fees," 24 Aug. 2018 High fuel costs are translating into higher air fares for Delta Air Lines and other U.S. carriers. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, "Delta to trim growth plans for flights this fall," 13 July 2018 High fares for locals Charlotte Douglas remains extremely dependent on American Airlines, which operates its second-busiest hub at the airport. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte’s airport manages ‘tricky balance’ between low-cost hub and fancy new gates," 12 July 2018 From West Palm Beach, snag one-way fares to Atlanta for $78 and to Baltimore/Washington, D.C. for $113. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Southwest Airlines has cheap summer fares starting at $57," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of fare


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


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

History and Etymology for fare


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


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

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English Language Learners Definition of fare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to do something well or badly



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


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fared; faring

Kids Definition of fare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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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