bury

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

Definition of bury

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

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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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The police officer said responders were sent to the scene on Sunday to retrieve and bury bodies. Bethlehem Feleke, CNN, 20 June 2022 The scrub-jay spreads the seeds of piñon pine trees, and a single bird can bury thousands of pine seeds a year. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 13 June 2022 Companies that bury their heads in the sand and focus solely on geographic technicalities risk a rude awakening. Gal Ringel, Forbes, 7 June 2022 The investigation also included an admission from another former lover of Sheffield, who allegedly confessed to helping Sheffield bury Young’s body, NBC Philadelphia reported. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 2 June 2022 After properly destroying the stones, workers would bury the fragments and mark the location, Wussick said. Will Langhorne, Arkansas Online, 29 May 2022 Algorithms can be programmed to show or bury content. Geoffrey A. Fowler, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 Kurt Schrader helped bury prescription drug reform. Daniel Strauss, The New Republic, 11 May 2022 Academics generally agree that people bury coin hoards during times of great stress: for example, during the Black Death or the English Reformation. Elizabeth Djinis, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bury

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

History and Etymology for bury

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 27 Jun. 2022.

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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.

Bury geographical name

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

Definition of Bury

town in Greater Manchester, northwestern England population 172,200

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