fare

1 of 2

verb

fared; faring

intransitive verb

1
: get along, succeed
how did you fare on your exam?
2
: go, travel
3
: eat, dine

fare

2 of 2

noun

1
a
: the price charged to transport a person
b
: a paying passenger on a public conveyance
2
a
: range of food : diet
b
: material provided for use, consumption, or enjoyment

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Filmmakers Joshua Reed and Emani Rashad Saucier, who were also part of the class of 2019, are making a documentary about how their classmates are faring thanks to that generous gift. Lilia Luciano, CBS News, 9 June 2024 Keep an eye on how the 2035 ban on the sale of new internal combustion cars will fare. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, 6 June 2024
Noun
Trump fares relatively better than Mr. Biden in perception of cognitive ability, though neither is drawing wide confidence. Jennifer De Pinto, CBS News, 12 June 2024 The hotel’s Aquarius Restaurant is equally grand, serving European fare of all stripes in a beautiful setting with Venetian plasterwork, Murano chandeliers, and antique furniture. Emily Hochberg, Travel + Leisure, 11 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for fare 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Fare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fare. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

fare

1 of 2 verb
ˈfa(ə)r How to pronounce fare (audio)
ˈfe(ə)r
fared; faring
1
2
: to proceed toward a goal : succeed
fared well on the test
3

fare

2 of 2 noun
1
: food sense 1
a café serving light fare
2
a
: the money a person pays to travel by public transportation (as a bus)
b
: a person paying a fare : passenger

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