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 Ravel, the other Frenchman on the program, also fared well. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra inspires gratitude with performances after Thanksgiving," 2 Dec. 2019 Brighton haven't fared much better themselves, gaining just one more point than their opponents so far. SI.com, "Aston Villa vs Brighton Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 16 Oct. 2019 Smaller-company stocks fared slightly better than the rest of the market. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Asian shares rise despite worries on US-China talks," 7 Oct. 2019 Skule got manhandled in training camp but fared better of late. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "How should 49ers fill in for Joe Staley at left tackle?," 16 Sep. 2019 The United States still fared better than Russia, Chile, Spain, India, Turkey, Israel, Costa Rica, Brazil, South Africa and China. Hope Yen, The Denver Post, "Associated Press fact check: Trump, Democrats and their tale of two countries," 14 Sep. 2019 The United States still fared better than Russia, Chile, Spain, India, Turkey, Israel, Costa Rica, Brazil, South Africa and China. Calvin Woodward, Fortune, "Fact Checking the Third Democratic Debate: Medicare for All, Cages, Child Poverty," 12 Sep. 2019 Its premium wholesale business is faring better than expected too. Marc Bain, Quartz, "Under Armour’s North American business has taken an unexpected hit," 30 July 2019 And Teddy fares much better in chapters steeped in wistful regret. David Canfield, EW.com, "Richard Russo's Chances Are... crams vintage themes into a dreary beachside mystery," 25 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 98-year-old company's frozen fare is sold at 7-Eleven, Aldi, Dollar General, Family Dollar, Kroger, Kroger Fresh Fare, Kroger Marketplace, Rite Aid, Sam's Club, Save-A-Lot and Walmart. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "White Castle recalls frozen burgers over listeria fears," 10 Dec. 2019 The government had announced that metro fares in Santiago, the capital city, would increase by thirty pesos (about four cents) during peak hours. Camila Osorio, The New Yorker, "As Protests Rock Chile, the People Consider Rewriting Pinochet’s Constitution," 10 Dec. 2019 Jones fares better, shining most on those rare occasions when her character gets to have a little fun. Mark Lieberman, Houston Chronicle, "Ballooning drama ‘The Aeronauts’ never achieves lift-off," 6 Dec. 2019 Christmas trees, fresh garland, delicious fare, creative floral arrangements, and a curated shopping experience—all of these things and more combine to make Samford Legacy League’s Christmas Home Tour and Holiday Gift Market. Andrea Fanning, al, "See inside homes on the Samford Legacy League’s Christmas Home Tour," 3 Dec. 2019 The city reported last year that turnstile jumpers and bus-fare cheaters cost the MTA $215 million, according to Bloomberg. Fox News, "New York City 'F--- the Police' protest turns violent, dozens of arrests reported," 24 Nov. 2019 How would rookie Drew Lock fare as the Broncos starting quarterback for the final six games? Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post, "Madden NFL 20 simulation: How Drew Lock fares as Broncos’ starting quarterback," 22 Nov. 2019 Chef Cindy Wolf offers a decadent Thanksgiving menu at Charleston with new interpretations of classic holiday fare, including roasted turkey breast and turkey leg confit with pecan stuffing and turkey reduction. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "10 Baltimore-area restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner," 20 Nov. 2019 The survey included operational and other measures such as on-time arrivals, average fare, taxi-to-takeoff times and convenience. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "How airlines are planning more perks for Fort Lauderdale fliers," 15 Nov. 2019

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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

12 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Fare.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fare?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=f&file=fare0001. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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