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.
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.
All these verbs come from far-, a Germanic variant of the Proto-Indo-European root per-, por- “to cross, pass, pass over, bring through, convey.” The variant por- is the source of Latin portāre “to carry, transport,” as well as the nouns porta “gate, door, opening,” portus “a harbor, a port,” and porticus “covered walk, portico.”
In Greek, the variant por- forms the noun póros “passage, ford, narrowing,” as in the proper name Bosporus (Greek Bósporos ), literally, “Oxford.” The incorrect Latin spelling Bosphorus first appears in Marcus Terentius Varro, a Roman scholar and author who was a contemporary of Cicero, and it's too late to complain about it now.
Fare in the sense “price of conveyance” appeared in Middle English, related to the Old English senses “a journey” and “to travel, go.” The meanings “to eat and drink” and “food, or the provision of food” are also first recorded in Middle English.
- farer, noun
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How to use fare in a sentence
He rules over the winds, and checks the fury of the sea and of fire, and is therefore invoked by sea-farers and fishermen.The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson | Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
He had come in with the “mushers” (corruption of the French marche), as the early foot-farers are called, and had succeeded.In to the Yukon | William Seymour Edwards
Men said that storms must come, and that early farers from overseas might be caught thereby.The Story of Rolf and the Viking's Bow | Allen French
We trudged along without a word, till suddenly Mr. Svensen hauled up at a grog-shop, the bar of which was crowded with sea-farers.The Log of a Sea-Waif | Frank T. Bullen
In some dim fashion this thought is present with all sea-farers, however dense and unnoticing they may be.The Log of a Sea-Waif | Frank T. Bullen
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
to get on (as specified); manage: he fared well
(with it as a subject) to turn out or happen as specified: it fared badly with him
archaic to eat: we fared sumptuously
(often foll by forth) archaic to go or travel
- farer, noun
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