bury

verb
\ ˈber-ē How to pronounce bury (audio) , ˈbe-rē also ˈbər- \
buried; burying

Definition of bury

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to dispose of by depositing in or as if in the earth buried their pet rabbit in the backyard especially : to inter with funeral ceremonies was buried with full military honors
2a : to conceal by or as if by covering with earth a dog burying a bone buried treasure
b : to cover from view buried her face in her hands Their car was buried under the snow.
3a : to have done with burying their differences
b : to conceal in obscurity buried the retraction among the classified ads
c : submerge, engross usually used with in buried himself in his books
4 : to put (a playing card) out of play by placing it in or under the dealer's pack
5 sports : to succeed emphatically or impressively in making (a shot) bury a jumper bury a putt
6 : to defeat overwhelmingly They were buried by a score of 15-2.
bury the hatchet
: to settle a disagreement : become reconciled time for them to bury the hatchet and start working together again

Bury

geographical name
\ ˈber-ē How to pronounce Bury (audio) \

Definition of Bury (Entry 2 of 2)

town in Greater Manchester, northwestern England population 172,200

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Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Verb

hide, conceal, screen, secrete, bury mean to withhold or withdraw from sight. hide may or may not suggest intent. hide in the closet a house hidden in the woods conceal usually does imply intent and often specifically implies a refusal to divulge. concealed the weapon screen implies an interposing of something that prevents discovery. a house screened by trees secrete suggests a depositing in a place unknown to others. secreted the amulet inside his shirt bury implies covering up so as to hide completely. buried the treasure

Examples of bury in a Sentence

Verb He was buried with full military honors. Their ancestors are buried in the local cemetery. cultures that bury their dead The dog buried her bone. He buried the money in the backyard. the search for buried treasure He has learned to bury his feelings. She buried her face in her hands. The disclaimer was buried in the fine print. The newspaper covered the story, but it was buried in the back of section C.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb John Kulich is now preparing to bury his bride of 22 years. CBS News, 25 Nov. 2021 Years later, Paul would tell his son that the men were passing down orders to bury Jimmy Hoffa at the landfill. New York Times, 22 Nov. 2021 Despite Penn State trying a quicker tempo, Colson was alert to the snap and sliced into the backfield to bury Clifford for a loss that forced a field goal. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 15 Nov. 2021 In the Serbian capital, the graveyard now operates an extra day during the week in order to bury all the bodies arriving. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 15 Nov. 2021 The family returned to Kandahar to bury Ezzatullah, and the following Friday — determined to show his unwavering faith — Nematullah went to his mosque to pray. Yaqoob Akbary, BostonGlobe.com, 14 Nov. 2021 In the Serbian capital, the graveyard now operates an extra day during the week in order to bury all the bodies arriving. Dusan Stojanovic And Jovana Gec, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Nov. 2021 Patti Poppe surprised her own board with a multibillion-dollar plan to bury the utility’s fire-prone power lines. Katherine Blunt, WSJ, 5 Nov. 2021 The Scottish government took measures to bury the case, though more details have emerged in recent years. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 31 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of bury

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bury

Verb

Middle English burien, birien, beryen, going back to Old English byrgan, byrian, going back to Germanic *burgjan-, probably meaning "to conceal" (whence also Old Norse byrgja "to close, shut, hide"), zero-grade derivative from the base of *bergan- "to keep safe" — more at harbor entry 1

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“Bury.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bury. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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bury

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bury

: to put (a dead person or animal) in a grave
: to have someone that you love or are related to die
: to hide (something) in the ground

bury

verb
\ ˈber-ē How to pronounce bury (audio) \
buried; burying

Kids Definition of bury

1 : to place in the ground and cover over for concealment The pirates buried their treasure.
2 : to put (a dead body) in a grave or tomb
3 : to cover with something The snowstorm buried my car.
4 : to cover up : hide I was so ashamed that I buried my face in my hands.

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