\ 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 With Hurricane Ian ripping through Florida, some may wonder how well their homeowners' insurance will fare in a natural disaster. Janna Herron, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2022 Look, the first game of any season isn’t a predictor of how a team will fare by season’s end. Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2022 This game could be a big indicator heading into the rest of the season as to how both teams will fare in another year where the Chiefs are the AFC West favorite. Catena Media, al, 9 Sep. 2022 How did the Guardians fare against the Great Wall of Baltimore? Having trouble seeing the audio player on mobile? Joe Noga, cleveland, 6 June 2022 Defense keeps Miami in the game Aggies quarterback Haynes King struggled mightily the previous week, and his replacement, Max Johnson, did not fare much better on Saturday. Adam Lichtenstein, Sun Sentinel, 18 Sep. 2022 Trey Lance didn’t fare nearly as well in a surprising opening loss for San Francisco at Chicago, adding a little bit of urgency to this Week 2 meeting between the 49ers (0-1) and Seahawks (1-0). Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 18 Sep. 2022 The defense wouldn’t fare so well on its next try, as Fresno State flew down the field again, this time finding the end zone in fewer than 90 seconds. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2022 But in its first major test of the season, the offensive line didn’t fare that much better. Kevin Reynolds, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This was exotic fare: gammon steak and pineapple, an Italian food called lasagna, or a dish in which rice was no longer a milk pudding but a savory experience with peas. Bono, The New Yorker, 19 Sep. 2022 This is not the standard fare as far as music in this place. Ed Schrader, SPIN, 6 Sep. 2022 The pictures posted online from the event are standard fare, showing Fetterman -- in his traditional hoodie -- mingling with a group of people with name tags and posing with others in front of an outdoor pool. Will Mcduffie, ABC News, 31 Aug. 2022 Throughout the Soviet era, alarms that Western powers were bent on undermining Russia — often true — were standard fare, as were claims that those powers were crumbling. New York Times, 21 Aug. 2022 Throughout the Soviet era, alarms that Western powers were bent on undermining Russia — often true — were standard fare, as were claims that those powers were crumbling. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Aug. 2022 No online menu is available yet, but Bar 25 serves wagyu beef sliders with bacon onion jam and blue cheese, chicken pesto garlic flatbreads, among other pub fare, plus a selection of rare liquors. Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel, 1 Sep. 2022 Inside its full kitchen, cooks prepare award-winning burgers and other tavern fare to pair with the 48 craft beers the bar keeps on tap (not to mention another 50 or so canned and bottled). Jim Beaugez, Rolling Stone, 1 Aug. 2022 In addition to the casual offerings including skewers and other Japanese pub fare will be a six-seat kappo-style chef's table. Amy Drew Thompson, Orlando Sentinel, 11 July 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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\ 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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