I. adjective (barer; barest) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English bær; akin to Old High German bar naked, Lithuanian basas barefoot Date: before 12th century 1. a. lacking a natural, usual, or appropriate covering b. (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
3. a. unfurnished or scantily supplied <
a bare room
b. destitute <
bare of all safeguards
4. 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 worthlessbareness noun Synonyms: 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; baring) Date: before 12th century to make or lay bare ; uncover III. archaic past of bear

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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