Definition of fare in English:


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Pronunciation: /fɛː


1The money paid for a journey on public transport: we should go to Seville, but we cannot afford the air fare
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  • 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, transport cost, price, cost, charge, fee, payment, toll, tariff, levy
1.1A passenger paying to travel in a taxi: the taxi driver was anxious to pick up a fare
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  • 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.
2 [mass noun] A range of food of a particular type: traditional Scottish fare
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  • 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.
2.1Something offered to the public, typically as a form of entertainment: those expecting conventional Hollywood fare will be disappointed
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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.


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1 [with adverbial] Perform in a specified way in a particular situation or over a particular period: the party fared badly in the 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, proceed, get along, progress, make out, do, manage, muddle through/along, cope, survive; succeed, prosper
1.1 archaic Happen; turn out: beware that it fare not with you as with your predecessor
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  • 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 [with adverbial of direction] archaic Travel: a knight fares forth
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  • 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 English fær, faru 'travelling, a journey or expedition', faran 'to travel', also 'get on (well or badly'), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch varen and German fahren 'to travel', Old Norse ferja 'ferry boat', also to ford. Sense 1 of the noun stems from an earlier meaning 'a journey for which a price is paid'. Noun sense 2 was originally used with reference to the quality or quantity of food provided, probably from the idea of faring well or badly.

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