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

Compared with other regional cable networks in MLB markets, NESN has fared extremely well in the post-Curse era. Chad Finn, BostonGlobe.com, "The Sports Hub remains top-rated radio station in Boston," 12 July 2018 Postsecondary instructors fare better; here, the Idaho average comes within 4 percent of the national average. Kevin Richert, idahostatesman, "Think teacher salaries are low in Idaho? This study confirms it.," 12 July 2018 The current president, Donald Trump, fares poorly, as do both George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Poll: Barack Obama Was the Greatest President of Our Lifetime," 11 July 2018 However, our sacrificial toilet from the hardware store fared excellently when coated with the stuff. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "The Internet-demanded, partially scientific testing of Ultra-Ever Dry (in HD!)," 4 July 2018 Against the National League, the Birds fare even worse. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "Over the past decade, the Orioles have had a problem with America's birthday," 4 July 2018 Many believe the release offers a reliable snapshot of how the U.S. economy is faring, as the Federal Reserve continues to gradually tighten monetary policy. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Dollar Flat as Investors Await Payroll Data," 31 May 2018 Term Sheet caught up with new FanDuel CEO Matt King to get his thoughts on the potentially historic ruling and how the company is faring after its failed merger with DraftKings. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Monday, May 7," 7 May 2018 The company declined to offer data on how the new business is faring. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Both Hometeam’s CEO and president are leaving their roles in a shake-up as the senior care startup switches directions," 13 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This year’s list is of Best New Restaurants represents a wide diversity of fare, price points, locations and styles — each contributing something unique to metro Detroit’s blooming culinary scene. Detroit Free Press, "Top 10 Takeover: Maty's African Restaurant tickets on sale now," 13 July 2018 In the meantime, much of the Loyalist fare is made with similar invention and quality, but at an accessible a la carte price. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Date night under $50: What to order at some of Chicago's best restaurants," 12 July 2018 In the form of unpaid cab fare, a woman is owed $86.40 after driving someone from Sunny Isles to Coconut Creek. Dan White, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Coral Springs, Coconut Creek area crime reports," 12 July 2018 In another high-tech effort, the PRTC is creating a platform for a flexible van-pool program that will connect riders with van pools and facilitate payment of fares. Washington Post, "In Prince William, a high-tech plan to get more commuters out of their cars," 7 July 2018 The study suggested the companies could absorb this cost partly by lowering their commissions, which range from about 10 to 25 percent of passenger fares on average. New York Times, "New York City Considers New Pay Rules for Uber Drivers," 2 July 2018 The alfresco fete also featured the seventh Big Picnic, a pre-concert lunch (starring a McCalls buffet of four-star picnic fare) for deep-pocketed donors who raised $400K to benefit the festival’s artist, festival and youth music-education programs. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "Stern Grove kicks out the fog and kicks off sizzling 81st summer season," 2 July 2018 Beano’s Cabin is perhaps the most talked about restaurant on the mountain—and in the Colorado area—offering a delicious gourmet selection of traditional Colorado fare, crafted by executive chef Kevin Erving. Discover Magazine, "Be In the Moments, In the Mountains, Together," 22 June 2018 Corn cakes and black beans were similarly reminiscent of Latin American fare. Kate Washington, sacbee, "It’s good to be back: Celestin’s revives its particular brand of gumbo and grace," 22 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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