Meaning of BARE in English


I. bare 1 /beə $ ber/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: bær ]

1 . WITHOUT CLOTHES not covered by clothes SYN naked :

a ragged child with bare feet

She felt the warm sun on her bare arms.

bare-headed/bare-chested/bare-legged etc

2 . LAND/TREES not covered by trees or grass, or not having any leaves:

The trees soon gave way to bare rock.

3 . NOT COVERED/EMPTY empty, not covered by anything, or not having any decorations:

She looked round her tiny bare room.

a bare wood staircase

4 . the bare facts a statement that tells someone only what they need to know, with no additional details:

The newspaper had simply published the bare facts.

5 . SMALLEST AMOUNT NECESSARY [only before noun] the very least amount of something that you need to do something:

He got 40% – a bare pass.

The room had the bare minimum (=the smallest amount possible) of furniture.

the bare essentials/necessities

Her bag was light, packed with only the bare essentials.

If you ask her about herself, she gives only the barest (=the smallest amount possible) of details.

6 . the bare bones the most important parts or facts of something without any detail:

We have outlined only the bare bones of the method.

7 . lay something bare

a) to uncover something that was previously hidden:

When the river is low, vast stretches of sand are laid bare.

b) to make known something that was secret:

historical writing which seeks to lay bare the true nature of an event

8 . with your bare hands without using a weapon or a tool:

He had killed a man with his bare hands.

9 . bare infinitive technical the basic form of a verb, for example ‘go’ or ‘eat’

—bareness noun [uncountable]

II. bare 2 BrE AmE verb [transitive]

1 . to remove something that was covering or hiding something:

The dog bared its teeth.

He bared his back to the hot sun.

2 . bare your soul to reveal your most secret feelings

III. bare 3 /beə $ ber/ BrE AmE adverb British English spoken informal

very, or a lot of – used by young people:

Check out this new game – it’s bare hard.

His dad’s got bare money.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.