Synonyms & Antonyms of bury

1 to place (a dead body) in the earth, a tomb, or the sea
  • he died on Tuesday and was buried on Friday

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2 to put into a hiding place
  • buried his face in his hands as his wife recounted the embarrassing incident

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How is the word bury distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of bury are conceal, hide, screen, and secrete. While all these words mean "to withhold or withdraw from sight," bury implies covering up so as to hide completely.

buried the treasure

When would conceal be a good substitute for bury?

The meanings of conceal and bury largely overlap; however, conceal usually does imply intent and often specifically implies a refusal to divulge.

concealed the weapon

Where would hide be a reasonable alternative to bury?

The synonyms hide and bury are sometimes interchangeable, but hide may or may not suggest intent.

hide in the closet

a house hidden in the woods

When might screen be a better fit than bury?

While the synonyms screen and bury are close in meaning, screen implies an interposing of something that prevents discovery.

a house screened by trees

When is it sensible to use secrete instead of bury?

The words secrete and bury can be used in similar contexts, but secrete suggests a depositing in a place unknown to others.

secreted the amulet inside his shirt

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

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bursts (in or into)



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“Bury.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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