\ 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



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

cope, do, get along, get by, get on, make out, manage, shift

Synonyms: Noun

bread, chow, chuck [chiefly West], comestibles, eatables, eats, edibles, food, foodstuffs, grub, meat, provender, provisions, table, tucker [chiefly Australian], viands, victuals, vittles

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Examples of fare in a Sentence


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


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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NBC News's Jon Allen and Lauren Egan take a look at how the candidates fared — from those who gave their campaigns a likely boost to those who mostly missed the mark — in this analysis piece. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Bahamas brace for a 2nd hit, new 'SNL' cast member comes under fire and Dems clash in third debate: The Morning Rundown," 13 Sep. 2019 Here's how Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and the rest of the league is faring. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten football standings 2019: Where Michigan, Michigan State stand," 10 Sep. 2019 However, Williams’ recent injuries — which forced her to withdraw from the Cincinnati Masters and her final match of the Rogers Cup in Toronto due to back issues — have raised questions about how the champion will fare in this year’s open. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Serena Williams Says It's 'Painful' to Be Apart from Her Daughter Olympia While Competing," 31 Aug. 2019 But there’s still some uncertainty about how the unit will fare without Vic Fangio, who left his defensive coordinator post to become the Broncos head coach. Colleen Kane, chicagotribune.com, "‘I feel like I need a few more’: The Bears renew their hunt for takeaways against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers," 27 Aug. 2019 Up until now, only the United States, Russia, and China have ever landed vehicles on the Moon, so Chandrayaan-2 could put India in a very elite group of space-faring nations. Loren Grush, The Verge, "India’s lunar mission enters the Moon’s orbit ahead of landing attempt," 20 Aug. 2019 Multiple studies have looked at how individual species will fare in the face of climate change, but a study published in Nature Communications in July performed a meta-analysis, pulling all the data together to try to provide a broader conclusion. National Geographic, "Some animals can adapt to climate change—just not fast enough," 19 Aug. 2019 Audiences screamed in unison at then-28-year-old director Steven Spielberg's ocean-faring thriller, which filled theaters while making movie-goers think twice before stepping into the water. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Essential movies of the 1970s from 'Jaws' to 'Being There'," 25 July 2019 There’s a whole lot of buzz about such possibilities, but David is the first to offer a cohesive vision of what scientists, industry, and the world’s space-faring governments have in mind. Meghan Herbst, WIRED, "A WIRED Booklover’s Guide to the Moon," 16 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hip-hop has historically been represented in scripted and unscripted fare alike as a colorful collection of fads, there to sell whatever happened to be the main show. Los Angeles Times, "How TV learned to take hip-hop seriously," 12 Sep. 2019 To make a profit, Lyft needs to make sure drivers bring in at least $17.22 per hour in fares. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "California passes bill that threatens Uber and Lyft’s business model," 12 Sep. 2019 Of that, $431 million came in spending by Chinese tourists, followed by $150 million on education, $91 million in passenger fares, $48 million in royalties and $47 million in management and advisory services. Doug Friednash, The Denver Post, "Friednash: Does the “Chosen One” really think we are winning the trade war?," 4 Sep. 2019 In classics like The Joy Luck Club and in more contemporary fare like Crazy Rich Asians, America compares favorably to the disorderly Old World of Asia, while the immigrant trajectory remains gilded with the promise of generational progress. Zoë Hu, The New Republic, "Crazy Sad Asians," 27 Aug. 2019 The United States is the world’s biggest net importer of cuisine, gobbling down $55bn more in foreign dishes than the rest of the world eats in American fare (when fast food is excluded, this figure balloons to $134bn). The Economist, "Which countries dominate the world’s dinner tables?," 23 Aug. 2019 Both situations depend on which fare class your ticket falls into, which will vary by cruise line and by airline. Stefanie Waldek, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Pros and Cons of Booking Cruise and Flight Packages," 22 Aug. 2019 This is a fare class that clearly is not aimed at families, much less families with kids too young to sit alone, much less families going on a 10-day trip. Erika Mailman, chicagotribune.com, "With some creativity, flying ‘economy light’ as a family isn’t a weighty endeavor," 20 Aug. 2019 This is a fare class that clearly is not aimed at families, much less families with kids too young to sit alone, much less families going on a 10-day trip. Erika Mailman, Washington Post, "Two kids, two parents, no overhead bags or reserved seats. Could they survive economy light?," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of fare


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for fare


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


Middle English, journey, passage, supply of food, from Old English faru, fær; akin to Old English faran to go

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English Language Learners Definition of fare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to do something well or badly



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


\ 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.



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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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