Definition of fare in English:

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Pronunciation: /fer/


1The money a passenger on public transportation has to pay.
Example sentences
  • Although not illegal, charging double fares by breaking journeys into different segments to maximise profits on one route is downright immoral.
  • We're all subject to the cost of filling our cars, getting to work and paying the ever-increasing costs of public transport fares.
  • Public transport fares have doubled during the course of the year.
ticket price;
price, cost, charge, fee, toll, tariff;
transport cost
1.1A passenger paying to travel in a vehicle, especially a taxicab.
Example sentences
  • An investigation by the Manchester Evening News revealed the huge number of bogus taxi drivers picking up fares in the city centre.
  • The taxi driver picked up a fare at the taxi office on Water Street.
  • He picked up a fare at the taxi rank outside Marks and Spencer, in High Street, to take the passenger to Harwich Road.
passenger, traveler, customer
2A range of food, especially of a particular type: delicious Provençal fare
More example sentences
  • Whether you're looking for seafood, Angus beef, made-to-order pasta or traditional breakfast fare, you won't leave hungry.
  • Traditional aristocratic fare included such fancy foods, many of which are popular among the newly wealthy classes today.
  • On offer are generous helpings of bacon, ham and other greasy, fattening fare - all the staples associated with traditional Anglo-American cuisine.
food, meals, sustenance, nourishment, nutriment, foodstuffs, provender, eatables, provisions;
cooking, cuisine;
informal grub, nosh, eats, chow
formal comestibles, victuals
2.1Performance or entertainment of a particular style: conventional Hollywood fare
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  • The entertainment fare was peppered with cinematic dance, oriental Thai performances and humorous skits.
  • It has since expanded beyond that to include women's sports and more entertainment and reality-based fare in its lineup.
  • It is films and fashion, it is magazine fare and performance art, it is dance and design.


[no object]
1 [with adverbial] Perform in a specified way in a particular situation or over a particular period of time: the party fared badly in the spring elections
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  • Account books of the period reveal how traders fared in this unusual situation.
  • The theories to be discussed do not fare better or worse when restricted to a particular subspecies.
  • The sound fares better, even though it is only a Dolby Surround track.
get on, get along, cope, manage, do, muddle through/along, survive
informal make out
1.1 archaic Happen; turn out: beware that it fare not with you as with your predecessor
More example sentences
  • But did it fare any better with Rita, and what needs to be fixed down the road?
  • Will it fare better than its immediate predecessors?
  • It fared badly because it ignored the ground reality.
2 archaic Travel: a young knight fares forth
More example sentences
  • I saw then how it fared forth along lonely paths or alone upon the highway.
  • Amongst warriors who practiced faring forth, he often fared forth in the form of a wolf.
  • When Community members had to fare forth into rain or snow, they could don protective outerwear from a common stock.


Old Englishfær, faru 'traveling, a journey or expedition,'faran 'to travel', also 'get on (well or badly)', of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse ferja 'ferryboat', also to ford. sense 1 of the noun stems from an earlier meaning 'a journey for which a price is paid'sense 2 of the noun was originally used with reference to the quality or quantity of food provided, probably from the idea of faring well or badly.

  • ford from Old English:

    This is a Germanic word, closely related to ferry (Middle English) which comes from Old Norse, and to fare (Old English). This originally meant both to journey, travel—as in farewell (Late Middle English) ‘go well, safe journey’—and the journey itself. From this developed the sense payment for a journey in late Middle English.

Words that rhyme with fare

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