Definition of


  1. (verb, change) lay bare
  2. (verb, communication) make public
  3. (verb, contact) lay bare
    bare your feelings
  4. (adj, all) lacking embellishment or ornamentation
    unembellished white walls
    functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete
  5. (adj, all) lacking in amplitude or quantity
    a scanty harvest
    a spare diet
  6. (adj, all) completely unclothed
    naked from the waist up
    a nude model
  7. (adj, all) having everything extraneous removed including contents
    the cupboard was bare
  8. (adj, all) providing no shelter or sustenance
    barren lands
    the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes
    the desolate surface of the moon
    a stark landscape
  9. (adj, all) lacking its natural or customary covering
    bare feet
  10. (adj, all) lacking a surface finish such as paint
    unfinished furniture
  11. (adj, all) apart from anything else; without additions or modifications
    shocked by the mere idea
    the simple passage of time was enough
    the simple truth
  12. (adj, all) not having a protective covering
    a bare blade
  13. (adj, all) just barely adequate or within a lower limit
    a marginal victory

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Bare


Origin of the word Bare

  1. O.E. b?r "naked, uncovered," from P.Gmc. *bazaz (cf. Ger. bar, O.N. berr, Du. baar), from PIE *bhosos (cf. Armenian bok "naked;" O.C.S. bosu, Lith. basas "barefoot"). Meaning "sheer, absolute" (c.1200) is from the notion of "complete in itself." The verb is O.E. barian. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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