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 In-person school is optimal, but children who are buffered by the presence of supportive caregivers at home and access to technology will likely fare well. USA Today, "The pandemic hurt our kids. How much?," 22 Dec. 2020 Investors who bought llamas and alpacas as livestock didn’t fare so well, as there wasn’t much of a US market for their milk or wool. Popular Science, "Llamas are hotter than ever. Here’s why.," 21 Dec. 2020 Investors who bought llamas and alpacas as livestock didn’t fare so well, as there wasn’t much of a U.S. market for their milk or wool. Emily Wakild, The Conversation, "Llamas are having a moment in the US, but they’ve been icons in South America for millennia," 18 Dec. 2020 The other Alaska areas did not fare as well: the WPUE at Southeast was down 5%, the Western Gulf dropped 6%, at the Aleutians, weights were down 2% near Dutch Harbor but up 3% at Adak; and the Bering Sea fishing regions increased by 8%. Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage startup aims to get more seafood into the mouths of babies," 23 Nov. 2020 Also, blankets that aren’t sectioned into pockets or channels for the beads tend to bunch up when wet and usually don’t fare well in the wash. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "How to Wash a Weighted Blanket," 19 Nov. 2020 Why do some patients deteriorate so quickly, while others with seemingly identical health profiles fare well? Washington Post, "Inside a Florida hospital, coronavirus cases wane as strained staff brace for a fall surge," 7 Oct. 2020 The three-batter-minimum rule for relievers adds another dimension as Ross has a chance to see who can fare well against longtime nemesis Gio Gonzalez and rookie flame-thrower Garrett Crochet. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs and White Sox are struggling heading into this weekend’s City Series. Here are 3 things to watch for from both teams as they wrap up the regular season.," 25 Sep. 2020 So the more relevant question is: When Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014, how did consumers fare? Jessica Melugin, National Review, "Facebook Acquisitions Benefitted Its Employees, Sellers, and Consumers. Where Is the Harm?," 10 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The global hits on Netflix in the U.S. are a long way from the esoteric fare that has defined foreign art on screen for years. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "What Netflix’s Lists of Top Foreign Movies and TV Series Say About American Taste," 10 Dec. 2020 The razor-edge taillights look nothing like the usual round Ferrari fare. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "2021 Ferrari Roma: The Beauty of 612 Horsepower," 26 Nov. 2020 The traditional Thanksgiving fare of turkey and all the trimmings will be less of a hit to household budgets this year, as grocers slash costs, including that of the bird at the center of the meal that's now the cheapest it's been in a decade. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Thanksgiving dinner costs drop to 10-year low," 19 Nov. 2020 The fare is not available for use on Fridays and Sundays. Curtis Tate, USA TODAY, "Here's a deal: Amtrak offering $20 fares on Acela to celebrate train's 20th anniversary," 10 Nov. 2020 Hearty Greek fare is on offer for lunch and dinner daily at Demitris Taverna on First Street. Brian Coyne, SFChronicle.com, "Livermore: BART friendly, bikeable wine country," 4 Mar. 2019 An Uber driver who was just about to pick up a fare was shot multiple times while behind the wheel of his white Honda Accord in Northeast Portland around midnight Saturday, according to area residents. oregonlive, "Uber driver about to pick up fare in NE Portland shot in car, innocent victim mistaken for rival in gang-style ambush, police suspect," 14 Dec. 2020 How will Frisco fare coming off two weeks rest with a bad taste in its mouth? Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "2020 UIL high school football playoff 6A, 5A predictions: Best first-round matchups, dark horses and regional winners," 8 Dec. 2020 How would Graham, Unitas, Montana, Bradshaw, Elway, Fouts, Stabler and all the great QBs fare under these regs? Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Patrick Mahomes might be NFL’s best ever someday, but that day isn’t now," 5 Dec. 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

12 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Fare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fare. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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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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