• (British) IPA: /bɛə(ɹ)/, /bɛː(ɹ)/, enPR: bâr
  • (America) IPA: /bɛɚ/, enPR: bâr

bare (comparative barer, superlative barest)

  1. Minimal; that is or are just sufficient.
    a bare majority
  2. Naked, uncovered.
    I do wonder why keeping my little breasts bare can be lewd even as none tells my brother anything for being bare-chested.
  3. Having no supplies.
    a room bare of furniture
    The cupboard was bare.
    • 2012 October 31, David M. Halbfinger, "," New York Times (retrieved 31 October 2012):
      Localities across New Jersey imposed curfews to prevent looting. In Monmouth, Ocean and other counties, people waited for hours for gasoline at the few stations that had electricity. Supermarket shelves were stripped bare.
  4. Having no decoration.
    The walls of this room are bare — why not hang some paintings on them?
  5. Having had what usually covers (something) removed.
    The trees were left bare after the swarm of locusts devoured all the leaves.
  6. (MLE, Toronto, not comparable) A lot or lots of.
    It's bare money to get in the club each time, man.
  7. With head uncovered; bareheaded.
  8. Without anything to cover up or conceal one's thoughts or actions; open to view; exposed.
    • 1671, John Milton, “Samson Agonistes, […]”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398 ↗, line 903, [{}/mode/1up page 56]:
      Bare in thy guilt how foul muſt thou appear?
  9. (figurative) Mere; without embellishment.
  10. Threadbare, very worn.
    • circa 1593 William Shakespeare, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act II, scene iv:
      for it appears, by their bare liveries, that they live by your bare words.
  11. Not insured.
    • 1987, 1 December, ABA Journal (page 86)
      Before the company was formed, the firm went bare for about three months in 1985, but it now has prior acts coverage for that time.
    • 1994, David S. Haviland, The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice (page 310)
      That a firm chooses to go bare has no effect on whether it gets sued or not.
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  1. (British, slang) Very; significantly.
    That pissed me off bare.
    It's taking bare time.
  2. Barely.
  3. Without a condom.

bare (plural bares)

  1. (‘the bare’) The surface, the (bare) skin.
    • 1599, John Marston, Antonio and Mellida
      In sad good earnest, sir, you have toucht the very bare of naked truth [...]
    • 2002, Darren Shan, Hunters of the dusk: 7:
      Vancha clasped the bare of my neck and squeezed amiably.
  2. Surface; body; substance.
    • You have touched the very bare of naked truth.
  3. (architecture) That part of a roofing slate, shingle, tile, or metal plate, which is exposed to the weather.

bare (bares, present participle baring; past and past participle bared)

  1. (transitive) To uncover; to reveal.
    She bared her teeth at him.
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  1. (obsolete) simple past tense of bear
    • Bible, Josh. iii. 15
      The feet of the priest that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 5
      And so I put thee on my shoulder and bare thee back, and here thou art in David's room, and shalt find board and bed with me as long as thou hast mind to

Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. A suburb in Morecambe, Lancaster, served by Bare Lane railway station (OS grid ref SD4564).

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