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bare

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[ bair ]
/ bɛər /
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adjective, bar·er, bar·est.
verb (used with object), bared, bar·ing.
to open to view; reveal or divulge: to bare one's arms; to bare damaging new facts.
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Origin of bare

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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

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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.

OTHER WORDS FROM bare

barish, adjectivebareness, noun

Other definitions for bare (2 of 2)

bare2
[ bair ]
/ bɛər /

verb Archaic.
simple past tense of bear1.
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British Dictionary definitions for bare (1 of 2)

bare1
/ (bɛə) /

adjective
verb
(tr) to make bare; uncover; reveal

Derived forms of bare

bareness, noun

Word Origin for bare

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

British Dictionary definitions for bare (2 of 2)

bare2
/ (bɛə) /

verb
archaic a past tense of bear 1
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