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verb (used with object),bur·ied, bur·y·ing.
  1. to put in the ground and cover with earth: The pirates buried the chest on the island.

  2. 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.

  1. to plunge in deeply; cause to sink in: to bury an arrow in a target.

  2. to cover in order to conceal from sight: She buried the card in the deck.

  3. to immerse (oneself): He buried himself in his work.

  4. to put out of one's mind: to bury an insult.

  5. 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.

noun,plural bur·ies.

Idioms about bury

  1. 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.

  2. bury the hatchet, to become reconciled or reunited.

Origin of bury

First recorded before 1000; Middle English berien, buryen, Old English byrgan “to bury, conceal”; akin to Old English beorgan “to hide, protect, preserve”; cognate with Dutch, German bergen, Gothic bairgan, Old Norse bjarga

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Other words from bury

  • re·bur·y, verb (used with object), re·bur·ied, re·bur·y·ing.

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How to use bury in a sentence

  • When Tim hesitates he loses his temper as a sensible man should lose it—he buries it, and his indomitable good humor wins.

  • 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.

  • 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)


/ (ˈbɛrɪ) /

verbburies, burying or buried (tr)
  1. to place (a corpse) in a grave, usually with funeral rites; inter

  2. to place in the earth and cover with soil

  1. to lose through death

  2. to cover from sight; hide

  3. to embed; sink: to bury a nail in plaster

  4. to occupy (oneself) with deep concentration; engross: to be buried in a book

  5. to dismiss from the mind; abandon: to bury old hatreds

  6. bury the hatchet to cease hostilities and become reconciled

  7. bury one's head in the sand to refuse to face a problem

Origin of bury

Old English byrgan to bury, hide; related to Old Norse bjarga to save, preserve, Old English beorgan to defend

British Dictionary definitions for Bury (2 of 2)


/ (ˈbɛrɪ) /

  1. a town in NW England, in Bury unitary authority, Greater Manchester: an early textile centre. Pop: 60 178 (2001)

  2. 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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