- to put in the ground and cover with earth: The pirates buried the chest on the island.
- to put (a corpse) in the ground or a vault, or into the sea, often with ceremony: They buried the sailor with full military honors.
- to plunge in deeply; cause to sink in: to bury an arrow in a target.
- to cover in order to conceal from sight: She buried the card in the deck.
- to immerse (oneself): He buried himself in his work.
- to put out of one's mind: to bury an insult.
- to consign to obscurity; cause to appear insignificant by assigning to an unimportant location, position, etc.: Her name was buried in small print at the end of the book.
- Nautical. housing1(def 8a, b).
- bury one's head in the sand, to avoid reality; ignore the facts of a situation: You cannot continue to bury your head in the sand—you must learn to face facts.
- bury the hatchet, to become reconciled or reunited.
Origin of bury
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Examples from the Web for buries
Mike loves “mudding” and buries all kinds of vehicles up to their axles in the big open fields around Dryden.The Stacks: The Searing Story of How Murder Stalked a Tiny New York Town
E. Jean Carroll
April 19, 2014
He fends her off and, instead, she buries the blade in her own stomach.‘The Walking Dead’: Season 4 Premiere Reminds Us Why We Love This Show
October 14, 2013
She buries her brother, even though this act of defiance will assure her doom.Must-Read Fiction: ‘The Watch,’ ‘Alys, Always,’ ‘The Year of the Gadfly’
Cameron Martin, Lucy Scholes, Amber Dermont
June 19, 2012
Eric Dezenhall reports on how the media unfairly jumps to attack companies—and then buries the news when the truth comes out.Why Toyota and BP Won't Die
October 11, 2010
This modern autocrat suckles from your own breast and buries you beneath a mountain of sullied nappies.The Book for Angry Moms
March 29, 2010
In a few contemptuous pages Godwin buries the social contract.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
If the price is great, think of the misery that it buys—and buries.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
And it has its unpleasant side—it buries me under a mountain of obligation.The Market-Place
It is the oubliette in which the Staphilinus buries the remains of his victims.The Industries of Animals
It buries every error, covers every defect, extinguishes every resentment!The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
- a town in NW England, in Bury unitary authority, Greater Manchester: an early textile centre. Pop: 60 178 (2001)
- a unitary authority in NW England, in Greater Manchester. Pop: 181 900 (2003 est). Area: 99 sq km (38 sq miles)
- to place (a corpse) in a grave, usually with funeral rites; inter
- to place in the earth and cover with soil
- to lose through death
- to cover from sight; hide
- to embed; sinkto bury a nail in plaster
- to occupy (oneself) with deep concentration; engrossto be buried in a book
- to dismiss from the mind; abandonto bury old hatreds
- bury the hatchet to cease hostilities and become reconciled
- bury one's head in the sand to refuse to face a problem
Word Origin and History for buries
Old English byrgan "to raise a mound, hide, bury, inter," akin to beorgan "to shelter," from Proto-Germanic *burzjan- "protection, shelter" (cf. Old Saxon bergan, Dutch bergen, Old Norse bjarga, Swedish berga, Old High German bergan "protect, shelter, conceal," German bergen, Gothic bairgan "to save, preserve"), from PIE root *bhergh- "protect, preserve" (cf. Old Church Slavonic brego "I preserve, guard"). Related: Buried; burying. Burying-ground "cemetery" attested from 1711.
The Old English -y- was a short "oo" sound, like modern French -u-. Under normal circumstances it transformed into Modern English -i- (e.g. bridge, kiss, listen, sister), but in bury and a few other words (e.g. merry, knell) it retained a Kentish change to "e" that took place in the late Old English period. In the West Midlands, meanwhile, the Old English -y- sound persisted, slightly modified over time, giving the standard modern pronunciation of blush, much, church.