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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Contemporary Examples of faring

Historical Examples of faring

  • We could at least enjoy the selfish satisfaction of faring better than our neighbours.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • Here is our late host, Father Henriques, come to see how his guests are faring.

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

  • Everywhere alike he found them faring sumptuously and merry-making.



  • Once more she bethought her of the discussion, and how it was faring.

  • Once, in a moment of weakness, I looked back to see how our men were faring.

    Sir Ludar

    Talbot Baines Reed

British Dictionary definitions for faring



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 faring



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 Original sense is obsolete, except in compounds (wayfarer, sea-faring, etc.)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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