fare

verb
\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

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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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

Financial companies have fared far worse than the rest of the market this year, and that continued Tuesday. Marley Jay, The Seattle Times, "US stocks climb again as Pepsi leads household goods rally," 10 July 2018 The five-year-old organic product has fared much worse. Gabby Raymond, Time, "'Nature Refused to Take This Burger.' Man Selling a 6-Year-Old McDonald's Cheeseburger Has Learned a Lot," 6 July 2018 But other deals of similar size have fared much worse. Charley Grant, WSJ, "What Is Ailing the Drug Industry?," 22 June 2018 Neither political party is viewed particularly favorably, though Republicans fare worse: 36 percent reporting a favorable view, 49 percent an unfavorable one. Susan Page And Merdie Nzanga, USA TODAY, "Poll: Democrats still hold a midterm edge, but it's narrower than before," 21 June 2018 Individually, the poster-children of the Ravens fared worse than the team. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens smack in the middle in 'Madden 19' ratings," 19 June 2018 The eight states that fared worse all lost population, led by Wyoming, which dropped nearly 1 percent. Matthew Kauffman, courant.com, "Connecticut's Population Grew By Fewer Than 500 People Last Year," 24 May 2018 Just one-third viewed drug makers positively and only the U.S. federal government fared worse. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Novartis outlines more steps to contain fallout from payments to Trump’s lawyers," 16 May 2018 Verlander’s teammate Lance McCullers, though, has fared much worse against Cano. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Justin Verlander had a salty response to Robinson Cano's failed drug test," 15 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Every excursion and special event on Tauck trips is included in the fare. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Exclusive events, all-inclusive fares: Inside the Tauck formula for small-ship cruising," 13 July 2018 The passenger, a resident of the 1700 block of Northfield Square, paid the taxi fare and went into his residence without incident. Brian Cox, chicagotribune.com, "Police blotter: Flower pots, light fixtures in Winnetka damaged with spray paint," 12 July 2018 Enjoy all the usual fair fare July 11-15, from carnival rides and food to 4-H displays and animals. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Colby Cheese Days, Hodag Country Festival and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 8 July 2018 The discounted fares will remain in effect during construction, which is expected to last four years, and apply to buses running from Manassas and Gainesville to Washington, the Pentagon and the Tysons Metro station. Washington Post, "In Prince William, a high-tech plan to get more commuters out of their cars," 7 July 2018 The new fares apply to all stations but the Hegewisch station in Chicago. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "South Shore fare hike takes effect Sunday," 28 June 2018 The special fares from Boston must be purchased by Friday and are good for Saturday flights between Nov. 10 and Feb. 9, 2019, with blackout dates around the Christmas holidays. Mimi Whitefield, miamiherald, "JetBlue will add Boston-Havana route in November," 27 June 2018 Besides the normal festival fare (live music, food trucks, beer gardens, a vendor fair) this eight-block party includes a petting zoo, Hero Games, a deadlift competition, a three-on-three basketball tournament and a dance-off. Yoshina Okamoto, Anchorage Daily News, "Celebrating summer solstice: Here are parties and events around Alaska," 21 June 2018 The only downside was not renting a car or calling for an Uber upon my arrival; there is only one cab company in town and the extremely high fare reflected it. Rob Duca, BostonGlobe.com, "Sleepy Saranac Lake awakens," 19 June 2018

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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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More Definitions for fare

fare

verb

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 \
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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