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 But later private investors haven’t fared so well, and those who bought shares after the IPO have done worse. Wired, "Stumbles at Uber and WeWork Don't Mean the End of Tech," 3 Oct. 2019 Naturally, the other Reagans aren’t faring much better. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Released the First Sneak Peek Photos From Season 10 and They're Intense," 11 Sep. 2019 While Oscar voters have long resisted awarding the streaming service’s scripted dramas and comedies, its documentaries have conversely fared quite well at the Academy Awards. Adam Epstein, Quartzy, "The Obamas are officially Oscar contenders," 3 Sep. 2019 While the team has found success on the road this season, Orlando City hasn’t fared as well in its own home stadium. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City chases crucial win over Sporting Kansas City," 14 Aug. 2019 Non-Chinese shipping lines and alliances haven’t fared as well. Christopher R. O'dea, National Review, "How China Weaponized the Global Supply Chain," 20 June 2019 Akanuma has fared well, posting a 1.80 ERA in six games covering 10 innings in relief. Michael Osipoff, Post-Tribune, "'He's gotten some big outs': Jumpei Akanuma wants to make jump from RailCats to major leagues," 5 June 2019 Past efforts at central management have fared poorly. Ian Macdougall, Propublica, ProPublica, "The Country That Exiled McKinsey," 14 May 2019 Some sectors of California agriculture have fared badly in recent years. Michael Greenberg, The New York Review of Books, "Farmworker Anxieties," 21 Feb. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Unrest in Chile began 19 days ago over a hike to subway fares and has grown into a massive movement demanding broad changes. Fox News, "Chilean vandals loot Catholic church, set fire to religious artifacts," 9 Nov. 2019 Mr Kempczinski will emulate Mr Easterbrook’s strategy of switching to healthier fare and digitising operations. The Economist, "McDonald’s fires its boss over a workplace romance," 7 Nov. 2019 The new Memorial location at 10201 Katy Freeway is a bright new buildout for Goode’s approach to casual Gulf Coast fare that proudly wears a southeast Texas stamp. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "New Goode Co. Seafood opens on Katy Freeway," 5 Nov. 2019 The series was was shelved and never released in a shift to aspirational fare. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "Inside Apple's Long, Bumpy Road to Hollywood," 15 Oct. 2019 In addition to free fares on Wednesday, the METRO-Conxus Job Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Robert K. Pfaff Transit Center at 631 South Broadway Street. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Akron METRO RTA launches mobile ticketing app during ‘Try Transit’ week, offers free rides on Wednesday," 15 Oct. 2019 The $4 surcharge is added to the standard trip fare. James Burky, The Denver Post, "Doggone it! Denver will be an Uber Pet test market," 11 Oct. 2019 In addition to family-friendly fares, Italo offers children’s cartoons and other entertainment for kids, making travel a time for family fun. Kate Andrews, National Geographic, "Hop aboard Europe’s best family train trips," 10 Oct. 2019 This dichotomy has given birth to other unconventional fare like Arcimoto or Electra Meccanica's trikes. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The Polaris Slingshot three-wheeler is not for shrinking violets," 5 Oct. 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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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of fare was before the 12th century

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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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