\ 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



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

Sloths typically sleep 22 hours a day and do not fare well being handled. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Neglectful Sanctuaries and Poached Animals: New Report Reveals the Dark Side of Wildlife Tourism," 7 June 2019 Smaller rivals, such as Mallinckrodt and Lannett haven’t fared any better. ... Charley Grant, WSJ, "These Drug Companies Are Too Frail to Cure," 2 June 2019 Then again, folks in the Southeast, Midwest, and Central U.S. won’t fare too well either: Stormy weather is predicted in May, June, July, August, and into September and October. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "The Farmers' Almanac Predicts Summer 2019 Will Be Muggy, Stormy, and 'Scorching'," 30 Apr. 2019 The genre's been slow to add women in fresh ways, and black people, typically, don't fare well. Susan X Jane, Glamour, "In Us, Lupita Nyong’o Is the Horror Heroine We’ve Been Waiting For," 22 Mar. 2019 Trump’s immigration agenda doesn’t fare well among voters overall. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Donald Trump’s race-baiting closing argument going into Election Day, explained," 2 Nov. 2018 His friendship with the owner of the car may not fare as well. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Driver dramatically wrecks $150G Maserati he borrowed from friend," 13 Sep. 2018 Someone who’s never played football and probably wouldn’t fare that well on the field. Eric Johnson, Recode, "‘The NFL is like a drug lord and football is like crack,’ says ‘Big Game’ author Mark Leibovich," 10 Sep. 2018 Briefly: Madison Bumgarner, Friday night's starter, has not fared well against the A's, allowing at least four runs in four of his five starts. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants face white-hot A’s at crucial decision-making time," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The fare on the field may not have been worth the price of admission, but Mourinho's touchline antics were always pure box office. SI.com, "7 Reasons Why Diego Maradona Is Absolutely the Right Man to Turn Manchester United Around," 5 June 2019 New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is clawing its way out of a looming fiscal crisis by raising fares, securing new sources of revenue and reorganizing operations. Paul Berger, WSJ, "The MTA Is Raising Revenues and Cutting Costs. Now, Workers Want a Raise," 1 May 2019 Southern fare isn't exactly known as health food, but PeachDish gives you a way to enjoy your down-home favorites while sticking to your healthy eating goals. SELF, "The Best Meal-Kit Delivery Services to Try in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 Remember, the lowest fares will be Norwegian's LowFare class, which only includes a carry-on. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Days of Deals: U.S. to Paris, Amsterdam from $120," 17 Dec. 2018 The company’s new Personal Plan, which rolls out today to a select group of users, will allow riders to lock-in prices for trips to frequent destinations, as long as the fare is under $25 each way. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Lyft’s Personal Plan wants to entice riders with fixed rates on frequent trips," 31 July 2018 American fare was the favorite with 15 restaurants on the list, seven of them burger-oriented. Joyce Smith, kansascity, "Survey says: Kansans love these Kansas restaurants the best," 27 June 2018 There are still relatively few out gay actors, along with leading-man parts for them, at least in major studio fare. Matthew Schneier, New York Times, "Lee Pace Came Out Seven Times a Week. Then He Came Out for Real.," 4 June 2018 Our visit coincided with a substantial change in the fare at Square Meal. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Diners can get a square deal at Square Meal, a Hotel Revival restaurant," 24 May 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


\ 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.



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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