verb (used without object), fared, far·ing.

Origin of fare

before 1000; Middle English faren, Old English faran; cognate with German fahren, Old Norse fara, Gothic faran; akin to emporium, port5, pram2
Related formsfar·er, noun
Can be confusedfair far fare

Synonyms for fare

4. See food.
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  • This set them to looking up some other article which might impart variety to their fare.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • The bill of fare contains nothing which they recognize as such.

  • 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

    George MacDonald

  • Here, Garson paid the fare, and then helped the girl to alight, and on into the hallway.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • The oddest part of these experiences is that the dirtier the inn the better the fare.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

British Dictionary definitions for fare



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

verb (intr)

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
Derived Formsfarer, noun

Word Origin for fare

Old English faran; related to Old Norse fara to travel, Old High German faran to go, Greek poros ford
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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 Original sense is obsolete, except in compounds (wayfarer, sea-faring, etc.)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.

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