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[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.
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  • It was perfectly legal to arrest that man on the barest suspicion.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • A third put on the barest trace of solar-system drive to get clear of the rest.

    Pariah Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • In Mandeville, and in Kaye, it is presented only in its barest and starkest form.

    A Letter to Dion

    Bernard Mandeville

  • Her 309 fingers touched his chin––the barest ghost of a caressing contact.

  • She looked over his head with the barest shade of disdain in her expression.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet


British Dictionary definitions for barest

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 barest

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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