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bare

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of bare

  1. 1 being this and no more impoverished people who can no longer afford the bare necessities Synonyms of bare mere, veryWords Related to bare absolute, all-out, arrant, out-and-out, outright, pure, sheer, simple, stark, total, unadulterated, unalloyed, unmitigated, unqualified, utter; alone, lone, only, singular, sole, solitary, solo, unique

  2. 2 free from all additions or embellishment do you want to know the bare truth? Synonyms of bare bald, plain, naked, plain-vanilla, simple, unadorned, undecorated, unembellished, unornamented, unvarnishedWords Related to bare denuded, divested, stripped; au naturel, earthy, elemental, homely, natural, unsophisticated; forthright, honest, modest, unpretentious; clean; antiseptic, austere, bleak, severe, spartan, stark; minimalist; inconspicuous, muted, restrained, sober, subdued, toned (down), unobtrusive; conservative, quiet, understatedNear Antonyms of bare flamboyant, flashy, garish, gaudy, glittery, glitzy, loud, ostentatious, showy, splashy, swank (or swanky), tawdry; bedizened, florid, lurid, ornate; exaggerated, overdecorated, overdone, overwrought; baroque, elaborate, extravagant, ornate, rococo; appareled (or apparelled), arrayed, bedecked, decked-out, dressed, embroidered, garnished, trimmedAntonyms of bare adorned, decorated, embellished, fancy, ornamented

  3. 3 lacking a usual or natural covering the ground was bare, without a trace of grass Synonyms of bare bald, naked, denuded, exposed, open, peeled, stripped, uncoveredWords Related to bare displayed, revealed; hairless, shaven; disrobed, unclad, unclothed, undressed; furless, skinned; divested; unprotectedNear Antonyms of bare mantled; overgrown, overrun, overspread; bearded, hairyAntonyms of bare covered

  4. 4 lacking or shed of clothing the toddler liked to run around bare Synonyms of bare au naturel, naked, bottomless, disrobed, mother-naked, nude, raw, starkers [chiefly British], stripped, unclad, unclothed, undressedWords Related to bare seminude, topless; denuded, peeled; unveiledNear Antonyms of bare covered, veiled; arrayed, caparisoned, decked (out), rigged (out), tricked (out); vested; decentAntonyms of bare appareled (or apparelled), attired, clad, clothed, dressed, garbed, invested, robed, suited

  5. 5 lacking contents that could or should be present the cupboard was bare—not a thing to eat Synonyms of bare empty, blank, clean, devoid, stark, toom [chiefly Scottish], vacant, vacuous, voidWords Related to bare barren, hollow; available, clear, free, open; unfilled, unfurnished; unattended, uninhabited, unoccupied; abandoned, deserted, emptied, forsaken, vacated; depleted, drained, dry, exhaustedNear Antonyms of bare complete; replete; furnished, provided, supplied; filled, occupied; flush, overflowing, packed, teemingAntonyms of bare full

  6. 6 utterly lacking in something needed, wanted, or expected the cupboard was bare of baking supplies Synonyms of bare bankrupt, devoid, barren, bereft, destitute, voidWords Related to bare blank, empty, innocent, stark, vacant, wanting; deficient, fragmental, fragmentary, incomplete, insufficient, partial, short; absent, missingNear Antonyms of bare furnished, provided, supplied; brimming, bulging, bursting, chock-full (or chockful), crammed, crowded, fat, jammed, jam-packed, loaded, packed, saturated, stuffed; abounding, swarming, teeming, thick, throngingAntonyms of bare filled, flush, fraught, full, replete, rife

Synonym Discussion of bare

bare, naked, nude, bald, barren mean deprived of naturally or conventionally appropriate covering. bare implies the removal of what is additional, superfluous, ornamental, or dispensable.
    • an apartment with bare walls
naked suggests absence of protective or ornamental covering but may imply a state of nature, of destitution, or of defenselessness.
    • poor half-naked children
nude applies especially to the unclothed human figure.
    • a nude model posing for art students
bald implies actual or seeming absence of natural covering and may suggest a conspicuous bareness.
    • a bald mountain peak
barren often suggests aridity or impoverishment or sterility.
    • barren plains

bare

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of bare

  1. to make known (as information previously kept secret) finally bared the secret that she had kept to herself for so long Synonyms of bare reveal, disclose, discover, divulge, expose, let on (about), spill, tell, unbosom, uncloak, uncover, unmask, unveilWords Related to bare confide, share; debunk, show up; unclothe, undrape; advertise, announce, blaze, bring out, broadcast, declare, placard, post, proclaim, promulgate, publicize, publish, sound; betray, blab, give away, leak; inform, squeal, talk; communicate, impart, relate; acknowledge, admit, avow, concede, confess, own; disinter, rake up, smoke out, unearthNear Antonyms of bare camouflage, disguise; gild, gloss (over), varnish, whitewash; becloud, bedim, befog, cloud, darken, eclipse, obscure, overcast, overshadow, shadeAntonyms of bare cloak, conceal, cover (up), enshroud, hide, mask, shroud, veil



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