\ ˈfer How to pronounce fare (audio) \
fared; faring

Definition of fare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : get along, succeed how did you fare on your exam?
2 : go, travel
3 : eat, dine



Definition of fare (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the price charged to transport a person
b : a paying passenger on a public conveyance
2a : range of food : diet
b : material provided for use, consumption, or enjoyment

Synonyms for fare

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of fare in a Sentence

Verb The Mystery Maid, a halibut and black cod schooner, had fared badly of late and was in the process of being overhauled. — David Guterson, Snow Falling On Cedars, 1994 … genuinely new creations do not usually fare well with mainstream publishers in any age. — Erica Jong, New York Times Book Review, 5 June 1988 Back upstairs, I put on a gold lamé dress and fared forth to the first big dinner of 1968 … — Lady Bird Johnson 25 Jan. 1968, in A White House Diary1970 residents of the flood-ravaged town are faring much better than one might have expected families can be seen faring along the road to the campground while driving or towing all manner of conveyance Noun Bush and Siberry's sixth albums find them trying harder than before to reach an audience less willing to indulge their wanderings—both albums communicate more directly, and sound more familiar, than their usual fairy-tale fare. — Ann Powers, Village Voice, 7 Dec. 1993 Who would ever consider robbing this place for more than getaway bus fare? — Amy Tan, The Kitchen God's Wife, 1991 As for Ronald Reagan, solid heartland fare like macaroni and cheese and hamburger soup is his favorite … — Guy D. Garcia, Time, 14 Mar. 1988 I need some coins for the bus fare. The taxi driver picked up his fares at the airport. Less expensive fare is available at the restaurant across the street. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The eagerness to see how these players will fare this season is so strong that they are already being judged in friendly matches. James Nalton, Forbes, 31 July 2022 But regents also want to know how other UC campuses will fare. Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2022 Mitchell is cautiously optimistic about how UConn, which has not played in a bowl game since 2015, will fare next season. Shreyas Laddha, Hartford Courant, 6 July 2022 Players can also wager with live, in-game bets on how players will fare on a specific hole and more. Xl Media, cleveland, 3 July 2022 With a Janka score of 3,680, ipe is an extremely dense tropical hardwood that will fare well against scratches from pets, kids and the like. Dan Diclerico, Good Housekeeping, 29 June 2022 By modern standards, the tank is completely obsolete and will fare badly in Russia’s invasion. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 10 June 2022 The question, then, is how people like Ms. Calvo will fare in a weaker labor market, because today’s remarkable economic strength is unlikely to continue. New York Times, 6 June 2022 While the team expects overall bioabundance and biodiversity to increase—that is the point of the project—there may be some species that fare less well in the new ecosystem. Victoria Turk, Wired, 19 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Straus said the bond bill allows for the MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities to borrow a total of $6.95 million to fund fare-free bus pilot programs. Taylor Dolven, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Aug. 2022 New York City prosecutor Alvin Bragg defended his office's decision to go easy on a 16-year-old caught on video viciously assaulting a cop who confronted him for not paying the subway fare – the teen's third felony arrest in less than four months. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 28 July 2022 In addition to the fare-free weekends, Metro's Reinventing Metro plan is providing the community with an opportunity to try out new weekend services. Cierra Britten, The Enquirer, 28 June 2022 Metro RTA is also offering fare-free weekends every Saturday and Sunday in June, July, and August. Megan Becka, cleveland, 16 June 2022 Several cities, including Kansas City and Alexandria, have gone fare-free. Justin George, Washington Post, 14 May 2022 Green also conceded that fare-free rides would be part of the introduction of the new service. Noel Oman, Arkansas Online, 13 May 2022 At least the film industry still has an option like Netflix for smaller, indie fare, right? Andy Meek, BGR, 6 July 2022 For lighter fare like acai bowls and piñakales (basically piña coladas with kale in lieu of rum), passengers can refuel at the Spa Cafe. Katie Jackson, USA TODAY, 30 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fare


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for fare


Middle English faren, from Old English faran; akin to Old High German faran to go, Latin portare to carry, Greek peran to pass through, poros passage, journey


Middle English, journey, passage, supply of food, from Old English faru, fær; akin to Old English faran to go

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“Fare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fare. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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\ ˈfer How to pronounce fare (audio) \
fared; faring

Kids Definition of fare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to get along : succeed Stores at that location don't fare well.



Kids Definition of fare (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the money a person pays to travel (as on a bus)
2 : a person paying a fare
3 : food sense 1 The new restaurant offers Mexican fare.

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