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 Severe Covid patients fare far worse than severe flu patients, the C.D.C. says. Alex Marshall, New York Times, "It’s a Party at Gatsby’s Mansion. No Dancing, Please.," 19 Oct. 2020 How people fare varies widely — some seem to be recovering and then suddenly worsen. Marilynn Marchione, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s age and health woes increase his risk for severe COVID-19 illness," 2 Oct. 2020 How people fare varies widely — some seem to be recovering and then suddenly worsen. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, "Here's a breakdown of Donald Trump's risks, next steps after coronavirus diagnosis," 2 Oct. 2020 How people fare varies widely — some seem to be recovering and then suddenly worsen. Marilynn Marchione, chicagotribune.com, "Trump’s age and health woes put him at greater risk after COVID-19 infection. Here’s what experts say about his outlook.," 2 Oct. 2020 Starting cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Terrance Mitchell actually played well for the most part against the Bengals despite 30 points and three TD passes by Joe Burrow, but the safeties didn’t fare as well. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Can the Browns offense make up for problems in the secondary? Hey, Mary Kay!," 20 Sep. 2020 Research shows people afflicted by obesity and diabetes often fare worse in trying to overcome SARS-CoV-2. James Paton, Fortune, "Weight loss and obesity drugs could help fight COVID-19, Novo Nordisk says," 4 Sep. 2020 More often than not, a president goes on to fare worse in election results than in the polls taken just after the convention. Nate Cohn, Star Tribune, "Biden still holds lead in polls after Republican convention," 3 Sep. 2020 Meanwhile, less than an hour to the west, another incumbent mayor did not fare so well in the runoff. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Alabama voters cast ballots in mayoral runoff races; Bowling makes history in Decatur," 7 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Full-price fare typically is $1.25 for fixed routes and $2.50 for curb-to-curb routes. Ron Wood, Arkansas Online, "Walton Family Foundation grant will allow ORT to continue free fares," 23 Oct. 2020 Beyond drinks, food fare includes sandwiches, whiskey wings, stuffed meatballs, braised short ribs, veal shank and poached lobster. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "'The future of food is technology more than chefs': Jon Taffer of 'Bar Rescue' opens new tavern," 22 Oct. 2020 That meant taking chances on risky fare and giving the auteurs freedom—and big budgets. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Is Netflix recreating the old broadcast TV network?," 16 Oct. 2020 With even fresh fare attracting few customers, the economics of renting out a venue for a flat price make sense. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Theater Chain’s Bold Plan to Stay Solvent, Keep Parents Sane," 15 Oct. 2020 The fare structure is based on a zone system that covers 18 stops between Mangonia Park in Palm Beach County and Miami International Airport. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "Tri-Rail boosts service as more people return to work during pandemic," 15 Oct. 2020 How well Madore and other local Democrats fare could well depend on how Hoosiers vote in the presidential and 5th Congressional District races, said Weingarten. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, "Democratic candidate in HamCo treasurer race plans to take advantage of bitter GOP primary," 15 Oct. 2020 The book’s 300 recipes range from simple weeknight entrees to special occasion fare. Tina Danze, Dallas News, "‘A Feast of Serendib’: New cookbook highlights the flavorful and historical complexities of Sri Lankan cuisine," 13 Oct. 2020 If nothing materializes by the end of October, book by early November in order to avoid possible last-minute fare gouging. Kerri Westenberg, Star Tribune, "Experts weigh in on the best time to book flights for the holidays," 9 Oct. 2020

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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

26 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fare. Accessed 30 Oct. 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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