Meaning of BARE in English


I. ˈber adjective

( bar·er ; bar·est )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English bær; akin to Old High German bar naked, Lithuanian basas barefoot

Date: before 12th century


a. : lacking a natural, usual, or appropriate covering


(1) : lacking clothing

bare feet

(2) obsolete : bareheaded

c. : lacking any tool or weapon

opened the box with his bare hands

2. : open to view : exposed

laying bare their secrets


a. : unfurnished or scantily supplied

a bare room

b. : destitute

bare of all safeguards


a. : having nothing left over or added

the bare necessities of life

b. : mere

a bare two hours away

c. : devoid of amplification or adornment

the bare facts

5. obsolete : worthless

• bare·ness noun


bare , naked , nude , bald , barren mean deprived of naturally or conventionally appropriate covering. bare implies the removal of what is additional, superfluous, ornamental, or dispensable

an apartment with bare walls

naked suggests absence of protective or ornamental covering but may imply a state of nature, of destitution, or of defenselessness

poor half- naked children

nude applies especially to the unclothed human figure

a nude model posing for art students

bald implies actual or seeming absence of natural covering and may suggest a conspicuous bareness

a bald mountain peak

barren often suggests aridity or impoverishment or sterility

barren plains

II. transitive verb

( bared ; bar·ing )

Date: before 12th century

: to make or lay bare : uncover


archaic past of bear

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