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[ ber-ee ]

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.

    Synonyms: inhume, entomb, inter

    Antonyms: exhume, disinter

  3. to plunge in deeply; cause to sink in:

    to bury an arrow in a target.

  4. to cover in order to conceal from sight:

    She buried the card in the deck.

    Synonyms: secrete, hide

    Antonyms: uncover

  5. to immerse (oneself):

    He buried himself in his work.

  6. to put out of one's mind:

    to bury an insult.

  7. 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.


, plural bur·ies.



/ ˈbɛrɪ /


  1. to place (a corpse) in a grave, usually with funeral rites; inter
  2. to place in the earth and cover with soil
  3. to lose through death
  4. to cover from sight; hide
  5. to embed; sink

    to bury a nail in plaster

  6. to occupy (oneself) with deep concentration; engross

    to be buried in a book

  7. to dismiss from the mind; abandon

    to bury old hatreds

  8. bury the hatchet
    to cease hostilities and become reconciled
  9. bury one's head in the sand
    to refuse to face a problem



/ 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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Other Words From

  • re·bur·y verb (used with object) reburied reburying

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Word History and Origins

Origin of bury1

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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Word History and Origins

Origin of bury1

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

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Idioms and Phrases

  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.

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Example Sentences

Then they intended to bury her, but she looked more alive than dead, and she still had such pretty red cheeks.

In the special, Workman plays the old man who, as a cabin boy, watched the pirates bury their treasure.

Us is me and Gus, driving our bus across the land; when we die, just bury us together, hand in hand.

The landscape looks something like the marsh behind the Toys ‘R’ Us where Tony Soprano might bury a body in Jersey.

Just days before, the officer told him, 19 bodies of Ebola victims were left lying outside with few men to bury them.

If they are still Moderns and alive, I defy you to bury them if you are discussing living questions in a full and honest way.

The swift breeze seemed to Edna to bury the sting of it into the pores of her face and hands.

Two years before her death Mrs. Otis was glad to bury her mortification and misery in Rosewater.

Meanwhile Benny looked on with great delight as Watch tried to bury his bone with only one paw to dig with.

Since the number of casualties was extremely high during this battle, Jackson allowed Banks to bury his dead the following day.


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Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.