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).
Idioms about bury
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.
- re·bur·y, verb (used with object), re·bur·ied, re·bur·y·ing.
- berry, bury
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How to use bury in a sentence
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Melissa Leon | October 14, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
A white South African couple buries a Rhodesian illegal immigrant who dies on their property.
June Justice buries her daughter, a 14-year-old high school freshman, today.
When Tim hesitates he loses his temper as a sensible man should lose it—he buries it, and his indomitable good humor wins.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
If he lack a corpse, he stretches himself on the slab of black marble and buries the scalpel deep in his own heart.Charles Baudelaire, His Life | Thophile Gautier
Wherever it rolls, it levels all things in its way, or buries them in unavoidable destruction.The Book of Curiosities | I. Platts
It needs the shifting soil in which, using its mandibles as a plough-share, it digs into the ground and buries itself.More Hunting Wasps | J. Henri Fabre
The dart then leaps out and buries itself in the skin of the animal which touched the thread.On the Seashore | R. Cadwallader Smith
British Dictionary definitions for bury (1 of 2)
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; sink: to bury a nail in plaster
to occupy (oneself) with deep concentration; engross: to be buried in a book
to dismiss from the mind; abandon: to 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
British Dictionary definitions for Bury (2 of 2)
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)
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