\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

My forecast model uses presidential approval, economic growth, and current party seat shares to predict how the president’s party will fare in House elections. Seth Masket, Vox, "What the “Trump tax” cost Republicans," 9 Nov. 2018 How are the cherry and berry crops faring in your orchard this year? Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, "It’s a June thing: Cherries, blueberries and raspberries are all ripe right now," 28 June 2018 Political scientists have found that the presidential approval rating is a much better predictor of how the president’s party will fare in the midterms. Ben Casselman, New York Times, "Feeling Good About the Economy? You’re Probably a Republican," 15 June 2018 Thermal cameras cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and fare poorly in the wind and dirt of the Texas border. Steven Levy, WIRED, "Inside Palmer Luckey’s Bid to Build A Border Wall," 11 June 2018 How Democrats fare in the suburban areas of these bellwether districts on June 5 will also offer clues about whether Republicans can hang on in November. Maeve Reston, CNN, "How a surge of progressive energy could backfire on Democrats in California," 31 May 2018 Here’s how the Phillies’ farm teams fared… INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE (AAA) Lehigh Valley 5, Charlotte 0: RF Dylan Cozens hit a solo home run and LH Cole Irvin fell an out shy of a complete game to lead the IronPigs in a shutout of the Knights. Nick Tricome, Philly.com, "Phillies minor league report: Cole Irvin, Jojo Romero, Will Stewart have solid outings," 31 May 2018 In 25-to-54 viewers, here’s how the cable news networks fared in prime time: Fox News with 448,000, MSNBC with 352,000 and CNN with 286,000. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'Big Bang Theory,' 'Roseanne' top ratings; America wants laughs," 8 May 2018 In Hollywood, lighter actresses such as Amandla Stenberg, Yara Shahidi, and Tessa Thompson usually fare better with role diversity than women like Viola Davis or Octavia Spencer. Yaminah Mayo, Glamour, "Khloé Kardashian Shouldn't Have to 'Block Out' Racist Remarks About True," 20 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In addition to the typical Florida fare (a beach club, a golf club) the town also boasts an impressive modern-art scene, which is what drew the couple, both avid collectors, to the area. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "This Beach House Features the Most Surprisingly Awesome Color Combinations," 4 Mar. 2019 This setup seems like standard rom-com fare, complete with a side of upper-crust indulgence. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Crazy Rich Asians’ crazy rich success could mean more stories about less crazy rich Asian-American people.," 21 Dec. 2018 The movie is classic Williams family-friendly fare—manic, hilarious streams of improv interspersed with heartwarming moments of drama. Sarene Leeds, Glamour, "Mrs. Doubtfire Is About a Man Financially Scamming His Ex-Wife," 24 Nov. 2018 The green light from the Federal Aviation Administration, which had been expected, allows the low-fare carrier to conduct the long overwater trips beginning with certain of its Boeing Co. 737 models. Alison Sider, WSJ, "Southwest Airlines Receives FAA Permission to Fly Between West Coast Cities and Hawaii," 27 Feb. 2019 From there, Uber takes $8.33 in commissions and fees, which is about a third of the fares. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "You're Probably Not Tipping Your Uber Driver Enough," 12 Dec. 2018 Flight will jump to $1,500 when that low fare is gone. Condé Nast Traveler, "La Compagnie Flight Deal: Business Class to the French Riviera for $1,200," 4 Dec. 2018 Plus, there's plenty of creepy fare to satisfy your Halloween cravings. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Here's Everything Coming To Netflix In October," 27 Sep. 2018 Police forces across the country even stopped publishing news about crimes on their websites, instead giving Russians a monthlong diet of lighter fare about visits to children's camps and Internet safety tips. James Ellingworth, Fox News, "Two months after WCup final, Russia police no longer relaxed," 15 Sep. 2018

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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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an act or instance of returning to life

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