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1 being this and no more
  • impoverished people who can no longer afford the bare necessities

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3 lacking a usual or natural covering
  • the ground was bare, without a trace of grass

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4 lacking or shed of clothing
  • the toddler liked to run around bare

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5 lacking contents that could or should be present
  • the cupboard was bare—not a thing to eat

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6 utterly lacking in something needed, wanted, or expected
  • the cupboard was bare of baking supplies

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How does the adjective bare differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of bare are bald, barren, naked, and nude. While all these words 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

When might bald be a better fit than bare?

The synonyms bald and bare are sometimes interchangeable, but bald implies actual or seeming absence of natural covering and may suggest a conspicuous bareness.

a bald mountain peak

When is it sensible to use barren instead of bare?

The words barren and bare can be used in similar contexts, but barren often suggests aridity or impoverishment or sterility.

barren plains

In what contexts can naked take the place of bare?

While in some cases nearly identical to bare, naked suggests absence of protective or ornamental covering but may imply a state of nature, of destitution, or of defenselessness.

poor half-naked children

Where would nude be a reasonable alternative to bare?

While the synonyms nude and bare are close in meaning, nude applies especially to the unclothed human figure.

a nude model posing for art students

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The first known use of bare was before the 12th century

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28 May 2020

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“Bare.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/bare. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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