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bare1

[bair]
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adjective, bar·er, bar·est.
  1. without covering or clothing; naked; nude: bare legs.
  2. without the usual furnishings, contents, etc.: bare walls.
  3. open to view; unconcealed; undisguised: his bare dislike of neckties.
  4. unadorned; bald; plain: the bare facts.
  5. (of cloth) napless or threadbare.
  6. scarcely or just sufficient; mere: the bare necessities of life.
  7. Obsolete. with the head uncovered; bareheaded.
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verb (used with object), bared, bar·ing.
  1. to open to view; reveal or divulge: to bare one's arms; to bare damaging new facts.
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Origin of bare1

before 900; Middle English; Old English bær; cognate with Old Frisian ber, Dutch baar, Old Saxon, Old High German, German bar, Old Norse berr, Lithuanian bãsas barefoot, Russian bos; akin to Armenian bok naked
Related formsbar·ish, adjectivebare·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. undressed. 2. plain, stark, empty, barren. 8. uncover, expose.

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2. Bare, stark, barren share the sense of lack or absence of something that might be expected. Bare, the least powerful in connotation of the three, means lack of expected or usual coverings, furnishings, or embellishments: bare floor, feet, head. Stark implies extreme severity or desolation and resultant bleakness or dreariness: a stark landscape; a stark, emotionless countenance. Barren carries a strong sense of sterility and oppressive dullness: barren fields; a barren relationship. 6. See mere1.

Antonyms

1. covered.

bare2

[bair]
verb Archaic.
  1. simple past tense of bear1.
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  • Lazy and indifferent the heron returns; the sky veils her stars; then bares them.

    Monday or Tuesday

    Virginia Woolf

  • 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

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • 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'?


British Dictionary definitions for bares

bare1

adjective
  1. unclothed; exposed: used esp of a part of the body
  2. without the natural, conventional, or usual covering or clothinga bare tree
  3. lacking appropriate furnishings, etca bare room
  4. unembellished; simplethe bare facts
  5. (prenomial) just sufficient; merehe earned the bare minimum
  6. with one's bare hands without a weapon or tool
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verb
  1. (tr) to make bare; uncover; reveal
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Derived Formsbareness, noun

Word Origin

Old English bær; compare Old Norse berr, Old High German bar naked, Old Slavonic bosǔ barefoot

bare2

verb
  1. archaic a past tense of bear 1
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Word Origin and History for bares

bare

v.

Old English barian, from bare (adj.). Related: Bared; baring.

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bare

adj.

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."

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