fare

verb
\ 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

fare

noun

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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some big names that have been staples did not fare as well — former U.S. president Donald Trump fell off the list for the first time in 25 years after big-city properties, some of his core assets, lost value in the pandemic. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2021 Connecticut had one of the lowest violent crime rates in the nation last year, but did not fare as well with property crimes, statistics from the FBI show. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 30 Sep. 2021 The stars displayed on larger-than-life banners outside Angel Stadium this spring did not fare well this season. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 26 Sep. 2021 The patient survived but Budhani said other patients might not fare so well. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, 23 Sep. 2021 To be sure, critics have panned other aspects of the movie: a shaky transition from two acts to three, an overly melodramatic musical tone, problematic source material that doesn’t fare better in adaptation. Chris Lee, Vulture, 22 Sep. 2021 The Colts, who finished 1-for-4 in the red zone and did not fare much better on the ground with running backs Jonathan Taylor, Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines combining for 72 yards on 21 carries. Brian Haenchen, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Sep. 2021 Yale, Princeton and the like offer a range of liberal arts degree programs, which do not fare so well in this calculation, and dilute the average ROI for those institutions. George Calhoun, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Lucas Sims came on for the eighth and didn’t fare as well, surrendering a one-out, three-run homer to Jazz Chishom Jr. before getting out of it. Mitch Stacy, sun-sentinel.com, 21 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lyons, an actor himself before turning to playwriting — this is his Broadway debut as an author, and Levingston’s as a director — is operating here in a different tradition from most contemporary fare, which is built on ideas and argumentation. New York Times, 10 Oct. 2021 But some of my favorite French food is comforting, home-style fare, full of flavor and taste, yet approachable and simple enough to be made in your home kitchen. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, 5 Oct. 2021 Cajun/Creole fare and an intimate patio that can accommodate 140 at Treebeards Bunker Hill. Marcy De Luna, Chron, 30 Sep. 2021 This week’s episode is pretty standard Survivor fare, which might seem disappointing after last week’s lively season premiere. Joseph Longo, Vulture, 29 Sep. 2021 Up to three children age 12 and under can ride free with each fare-paying adult. Kori Rumore, chicagotribune.com, 24 Sep. 2021 The menu featured typical take-out Chinese fare: pepper steak, chop suey, lemon chicken, almond chicken and other entrees, supplemented by egg rolls, egg drop soup, fried rice and fortune cookies, UPI reported. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Sep. 2021 This normally guarantees heavy traffic from A-list stars and premieres of coveted, high-brow commercial fare, the likes of which aren’t seen as often at haughtier companion festivals like Cannes and Venice. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 15 Sep. 2021 And plenty of unmemorable, low-budget fare found its way to movie screens long before streaming existed. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 14 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of fare

Verb

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

Noun

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

History and Etymology for fare

Verb

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

Noun

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

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15 Oct 2021

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“Fare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fare. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for fare

fare

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to do something well or badly

fare

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fare (Entry 2 of 2)

: the money a person pays to travel on a bus, train, boat, or airplane or in a taxi
: a passenger who pays a fare
: a specified kind of food

fare

verb
\ 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.

fare

noun

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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