bare

[[t]be͟ə(r)[/t]]
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barer, barest, bares, baring, bared
1) ADJ If a part of your body is bare, it is not covered by any clothing.

She was wearing only a thin robe over a flimsy nightdress, and her feet were bare...

She had bare arms and a bare neck.

2) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n A bare surface is not covered or decorated with anything.

They would have liked bare wooden floors throughout the house.

3) ADJ-GRADED If a tree or a branch is bare, it has no leaves on it.

...an old, twisted tree, its bark shaggy, many of its limbs brittle and bare.

4) ADJ-GRADED If a room, cupboard, or shelf is bare, it is empty.

His fridge was bare apart from three very withered tomatoes...

He led me through to a bare, draughty interviewing room.

5) ADJ-GRADED An area of ground that is bare has no plants growing on it.

That's probably the most bare, bleak, barren and inhospitable island I've ever seen.

6) ADJ-GRADED: det ADJ If someone gives you the bare facts or the barest details of something, they tell you only the most basic and important things.

Newspaper reporters were given nothing but the bare facts by the Superintendent in charge of the investigation.

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7) ADJ-GRADED: det ADJ If you talk about the bare minimum or the bare essentials, you mean the very least that is necessary.

The army would try to hold the western desert with a bare minimum of forces...

These are the bare essentials you'll need to dress your baby during the first few months.

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8) ADJ: a ADJ amount (emphasis) Bare is used in front of an amount to emphasize how small it is.

Sales are growing for premium wines, but at a bare 2 percent a year.

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9) VERB If you bare something, you uncover it and show it. [WRITTEN]

[V n] Walsh bared his teeth in a grin...

[V n] He bared his muscular, hairy chest for a women's magazine.

10) the bare bonessee bone
11) PHRASE: PHR after v If someone does something with their bare hands, they do it without using any weapons or tools.

Police believe the killer punched her to death with his bare hands...

Rescuers were using their bare hands to reach the trapped miners.

12) PHRASE: V inflects If you lay something bare, you uncover it completely so that it can then be seen.

The clearing out of disused workshops laid bare thousands of Italianate glazed tiles.

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13) PHRASE: V inflects If you lay bare something or someone, you reveal or expose them.

No one wants to expose themselves, lay their feelings bare.

14) PHRASE: V inflects, oft PHR to n If you bare your soul, you tell someone your most secret thoughts and feelings.

Few men would have bared their soul to a woman as he had.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Bare — (b[^a]r), a. [OE. bar, bare, AS. b[ae]r; akin to D. & G. baar, OHG. par, Icel. berr, Sw. & Dan. bar, Oslav. bos[u^] barefoot, Lith. basas; cf. Skr. bh[=a]s to shine. [root]85.] [1913 Webster] 1. Without clothes or covering; stripped of the usual… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bare — adj 1 Bare, naked, nude, bald, barren are comparable when they mean destitute or divested of the naturally or conventionally appropriate covering or clothing. Bare strongly suggests the removal or, often, the rejection of something additional,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Bare — means minimal or naked. Bare may also refer to:Places: * Bare, Morecambe, a suburb of Morecambe, in Lancashire, England * Bare (woreda), a district in Ethiopia * Bare (Serbia), a place in Serbia * Bărăi, Cluj, a village in Romania, formerly… …   Wikipedia

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  • bare — [beə ǁ ber] adjective go bare INSURANCE if a business goes bare, it decides not to buy insurance to protect it against claims for damage or harm done by its products: • Some firms choose to go bare, preferring possible bankruptcy to the certainty …   Financial and business terms

  • Baré — can mean:* The Baré people of Brazil * The Baré language, spoken by the Barés * Baré Esporte Clube, a Brazilian football club * Jeanne Baré, a French explorer * Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara, a former head of state of Niger …   Wikipedia

  • bare — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not clothed or covered. 2) without the appropriate or usual covering or contents: a big, bare room. 3) without elaboration; basic: the bare facts. 4) only just sufficient: a bare majority. ► VERB ▪ uncover and reveal. ● …   English terms dictionary

  • Bare — Bare, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bared}(b[^a]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Baring}.] [AS. barian. See {Bare}, a.] To strip off the covering of; to make bare; as, to bare the breast. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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