- without covering or clothing; naked; nude: bare legs.
- without the usual furnishings, contents, etc.: bare walls.
- open to view; unconcealed; undisguised: his bare dislike of neckties.
- unadorned; bald; plain: the bare facts.
- (of cloth) napless or threadbare.
- scarcely or just sufficient; mere: the bare necessities of life.
- Obsolete. with the head uncovered; bareheaded.
- to open to view; reveal or divulge: to bare one's arms; to bare damaging new facts.
Origin of bare1
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- simple past tense of bear1.
Examples from the Web for bares
Oliver bares his soul as he highlights comments in which he is compared to a parrot and knocked for mocking an unremarkable soda.Viral Video of the Day: John Oliver Reads Your YouTube Comments
September 2, 2014
In his new 500-page memoir, Pete Townshend, quixotic songwriter/guitarist for The Who, bares his soul.Speed Read: 11 Most Shocking Moments From Pete Townshend’s ‘Who I Am’
October 8, 2012
The frame, divided into sections, bares the geometric abstraction of the artist's Cubist period.Remembering Irving Penn
October 8, 2009
The diffuse and imprecise nature of just who bares the increased tax liabilities makes the point difficult to understand.A Warning from Reagan's Economist
November 24, 2008
In ZDT, the actual raid on Osama bin Laden bares more resemblance to a surgical procedure than an all-out military assault.From ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ to ‘Medal of Honor’ Video Game: The SEAL Team Six Gift Guide
December 19, 2012
Lazy and indifferent the heron returns; the sky veils her stars; then bares them.Monday or Tuesday
It follows established facts, and bares to the reader the heart of his race.Common Science
Carleton W. Washburne
He bares his arms, and chucks the food into his mouth without ever moving his jaws.Tancred
And I want snares to catch the rabbits and the squirrels and the bares, and a pot to cook them in.The Hour Glass
W. B. Yeats
Or your English poet Wordsworth, 'The sea that bares her bosom to the wind'?The Beautiful White Devil
- unclothed; exposed: used esp of a part of the body
- without the natural, conventional, or usual covering or clothinga bare tree
- lacking appropriate furnishings, etca bare room
- unembellished; simplethe bare facts
- (prenomial) just sufficient; merehe earned the bare minimum
- with one's bare hands without a weapon or tool
- (tr) to make bare; uncover; reveal
- archaic a past tense of bear 1
Word Origin and History for bares
Old English barian, from bare (adj.). Related: Bared; baring.
Old English bær "naked, uncovered, unclothed," from Proto-Germanic *bazaz (cf. German bar, Old Norse berr, Dutch baar), from PIE *bhosos (cf. Armenian bok "naked;" Old Church Slavonic bosu, Lithuanian basas "barefoot"). Meaning "sheer, absolute" (c.1200) is from the notion of "complete in itself."