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  1. the price of conveyance or passage in a bus, train, airplane, or other vehicle.
  2. a person or persons who pay to be conveyed in a vehicle; paying passenger.
  3. a person who hires a public vehicle and its driver.
  4. food; diet: hearty fare.
  5. something offered to the public, for entertainment, enjoyment, consumption, etc.: literary fare.
  6. Archaic. state of things.
verb (used without object), fared, far·ing.
  1. to experience good or bad fortune, treatment, etc.; get on: He fared well in his profession.
  2. to go; turn out; happen (used impersonally): It fared ill with him.
  3. to go; travel.
  4. to eat and drink: They fared sumptuously.

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

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4. See food.
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Contemporary Examples of fared

Historical Examples of fared

  • And now, fair sir, I must hasten back to see how my rogues have fared with the brawn.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Tell us then from the beginning how things have fared with you.'

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • So far as I could make out, she fared as she had long elected to do.

  • How could it be but Charlie and I should be different, seeing we had fared so differently!

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • It cannot even be said that New York fared worse than any of her sister States.

    The Railroad Question

    William Larrabee

British Dictionary definitions for fared


  1. the sum charged or paid for conveyance in a bus, train, aeroplane, etc
  2. a paying passenger, esp when carried by taxi
  3. a range of food and drink; diet
verb (intr)
  1. to get on (as specified); managehe fared well
  2. (with it as a subject) to turn out or happen as specifiedit fared badly with him
  3. archaic to eatwe fared sumptuously
  4. (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 fared



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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