- the price of conveyance or passage in a bus, train, airplane, or other vehicle.
- a person or persons who pay to be conveyed in a vehicle; paying passenger.
- a person who hires a public vehicle and its driver.
- food; diet: hearty fare.
- something offered to the public, for entertainment, enjoyment, consumption, etc.: literary fare.
- Archaic. state of things.
- to experience good or bad fortune, treatment, etc.; get on: He fared well in his profession.
- to go; turn out; happen (used impersonally): It fared ill with him.
- to go; travel.
- to eat and drink: They fared sumptuously.
Origin of fare
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Examples from the Web for fare
In a bizarre twist to proceedings, Miss Manners sought to have her £30 cab fare from her Kensington flat to court refunded.How A British Aristocrat Used Big Game Hunter’s Sperm To Get Pregnant Without His Permission
December 2, 2014
In response to hearing her story, Uber apologized for the "inefficient route" and partially refunded her fare.The Ten Worst Uber Horror Stories
November 19, 2014
They were tired of the fare at restaurants catering to tourists and were craving something a bit more authentic.The Airbnb of Home-Cooked Meals
November 3, 2014
He handed over his fare card so detectives could determine exactly when he had entered the subway system.From Ebola Country to NYC’s Subways
October 25, 2014
The star of the evening is undoubtedly the food—elevated London fare.Join The Mile High (Dining) Club
September 26, 2014
This set them to looking up some other article which might impart variety to their fare.Brave and Bold
The bill of fare contains nothing which they recognize as such.The New Adam and Eve (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
I don't want to fare better, that is, I don't want to have more of God's care than he had.Weighed and Wanting
Here, Garson paid the fare, and then helped the girl to alight, and on into the hallway.Within the Law
The oddest part of these experiences is that the dirtier the inn the better the fare.The Roof of France
- the sum charged or paid for conveyance in a bus, train, aeroplane, etc
- a paying passenger, esp when carried by taxi
- a range of food and drink; diet
- to get on (as specified); managehe fared well
- (with it as a subject) to turn out or happen as specifiedit fared badly with him
- archaic to eatwe fared sumptuously
- (often foll by forth) archaic to go or travel
Word Origin and History for fare
Old English fær "journey, road, passage, expedition," strong neuter of faran "to journey" (see fare (v.)); merged with faru "journey, expedition, companions, baggage," strong fem. of faran. Original sense is obsolete, except in compounds (wayfarer, sea-faring, etc.) Meaning "food provided" is c.1200; that of "conveyance" appears in Scottish early 15c. and led to sense of "payment for passage" (1510s).
Old English faran "to journey, set forth, go, travel, wander, get on, undergo, make one's way," from Proto-Germanic *faranan (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German, Gothic faran, Old Norse and Old Frisian fara, Dutch varen, German fahren), from PIE *por- "going, passage," from root *per- (2) "to lead, pass over" (see port (n.1)). Related: Fared; faring.