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.
food, meals, board, sustenance, nourishment, nutriment, foodstuffs, refreshments, eatables, provisions, daily bread;
cooking, cuisine;
menu, diet, table;
Scottish  vivers
informal grub, nosh, eats, chow
British informal scoff, scran
formal comestibles, provender
archaic vittles, commons, victuals, viands, aliment
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.


[no object]
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.

  • 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.

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