\ 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Studies have shown that elderly and poor patients fare worse in HMOs, and some patients complain that the rules unfairly limit their choice of doctors and their access to specialists and costlier treatments. Robert D. Mcfadden, BostonGlobe.com, 20 June 2022 Studies have shown that elderly and poor patients fare worse in H.M.O.s, and some patients complain that the rules unfairly limit their choice of doctors and their access to specialists and costlier treatments. New York Times, 20 June 2022 After that, the movie works primarily as a fairly likable action vehicle mixed with a familiar rumination on what defines a life, without rising into that top tier of Pixar fare its predecessors occupied. Brian Lowry, CNN, 13 June 2022 But a closer look at the results shows that Oz actually did not fare well in places where Trump scored big victories in 2020. Dante Chinni, NBC News, 10 June 2022 The organizations are meant to assess and improve how well Florida’s schools fare in emergency situations. Natalia Galicza, Sun Sentinel, 3 June 2022 Just a third of Americans are boosted, and uptake on future doses might not fare much better. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 23 May 2022 Kelly predicts financial markets could fare reasonably well if economic growth slows, especially given supply chain pressures of late. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 15 May 2022 Fortunately for bettors, there is a bit of history to provide a glimpse at which horses might fare well in such a situation. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 5 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Food prices are now 57.4% higher than last year, and transport prices—which include diesel, petrol, and bus fare costs—are up 91.5%. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 14 June 2022 The first look deal also comes after Imagine expanded into documentaries, kids and family fare and live entertainment. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 June 2022 Barda, a Core City newcomer serving up Argentinian fare, was a nominee for Best New Restaurant, and Omar Anani of Saffron De Twah was up for Best Chef: Great Lakes. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 14 June 2022 Fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers ride the antique train at the Fox River Trolley Museum, 365 S. La Fox St., South Elgin, for free with the payment of a child’s fare from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mike Danahey, Chicago Tribune, 13 June 2022 There's also a beachfront restaurant called Manzú, which serves delicious casual fare and craft cocktails. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 13 June 2022 Saje Kitchen, led by owner owner Jessica Wilkin, serves new American fare with a Southern twist. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 13 June 2022 Our picks for the best Halloween movies to stream on Hulu include iconic horror fare like Steven King’s Children of the Corn and the 2018 sequel to Halloween, as well as new murder mysteries like the visually stunning 2022 Death on the Nile. Alesandra Dubin, Good Housekeeping, 9 June 2022 The carrier is offering a promotional $99 one-way fare on the new Las Vegas route. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 9 June 2022 See More

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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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“Fare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fare. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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\ 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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