• (Australia) IPA: /teː/, /teə/
  • (British) IPA: /tɛː/, /tɛə/
  • (America) IPA: /tɛɚ/

tare (plural tares)

  1. (rare) A vetch, or the seed of a vetch (genus Vicia, esp. Vicia sativa)
  2. Any of the tufted grasses of genus Lolium; darnel.
  3. (rare, metaphorically) A damaging weed growing in fields of grain.
    • Matthew 13:25 (KJV)
      But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
    • 1985, John Fowles, A Maggot:
      I saw as I thought an uncle and guardian who has led a sober, industrious and Christian life and finds himself obliged to look on the tares of folly in his own close kin.

tare (plural tares)

  1. The empty weight of a container; the tare weight or unladen weight.
Translations Verb

tare (tares, present participle taring; past and past participle tared)

  1. (chiefly, business and legal) To take into account the weight of the container, wrapping etc. in weight#Verb|weighting merchandise.
    • 1886, Records of the History, Laws, Regulations, and Statistics of the Tobacco Trade of the United Kingdom, p. 86 ↗,
      he is […] to tare such number of bales as may be deemed necessary to settle the net weight for duty.
  2. (sciences) To set a zero value on an instrument (usually a balance) that discounts the starting point.
    • 2003, Dany Spencer Adams, Lab Math, CSHL Press, p. 63 ↗,
      Spectrometers, for example, must be zeroed before each reading; balances must be tared before each weighing.
  • (to set a zero value) zero
Translations Translations Verb
  1. (obsolete) simple past tense of tear

tare (uncountable)

  1. Any of various dipping sauces served with Japanese food, typically based on soy sauce.

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