Definition of bare in English:

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Pronunciation: /ber/


1(Of a person or part of the body) not clothed or covered: he was bare from the waist up she padded in bare feet toward the door
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  • They shared a white sheet covering their bare body from the waist down.
  • ‘I need a cup of coffee, and badly,’ he decided as he got out of bed and threw a robe on, covering his bare body.
  • Fabyein's broad back was turned to her; his sun-darkened body was bare beneath the covers.
naked, unclothed, undressed, uncovered, stripped, having nothing on, nude, in the nude, stark naked
informal without a stitch on, buck-naked, butt-naked, mother-naked, in one's birthday suit, in the raw, in the altogether, in the buff
1.1Without the appropriate, usual, or natural covering: a clump of bare aspen trees bare floorboards
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  • How the trees looked so naked and bare with no coverings.
  • I love to watch plants grow, covering fences and bare earth.
  • Roofs seemed to jig unevenly as shingles drooped off of the edges, while many had bare spots with no covering at all.
barren, bleak, exposed, desolate, stark, arid, desert, lunar;
treeless, deforested, bald
1.2Without the appropriate or usual contents: a bare cell with just a mattress
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  • She opened the light green fridge, an odd colour but it was just regular by Val's standards, and rummaged through the bare contents.
  • He was in a plain, bare cell with bars and the whole bit.
  • Children told me of having their rooms stripped bare and the contents thrown into the corridor.
empty, unfurnished, cleared;
stark, austere, spartan, unadorned, unembellished, unornamented, plain
1.3Unconcealed; without disguise: an ordeal that would lay bare a troubled family background
2Without addition; basic and simple: he outlined the bare essentials of the story a strange, bare production of Twelfth Night
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  • For all that, the staging will be simple, a bare set putting the focus on the performers' physical presence.
  • In general he eschewed complicated effects of pulsating or flashing lights, preferring a bare and simple presentation that brought him within the orbit of Minimal art.
  • Nicole told Tommy that she liked the simple, bare hotel room.
plain, essential, fundamental, basic, straightforward, simple, pure, stark, bald, cold, hard, brutal, harsh
2.1 [attributive] Only just sufficient: a bare majority
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  • It is laid out in an area the size of a football field and represented with the bare minimum of stage furniture.
  • Keep your contemporary furniture choices to a bare minimum.
  • Households have the bare minimum of furniture, with mattresses spread on the floor at night for beds.
2.2 [attributive] Surprisingly small in number or amount: all you need to get started with this program is a bare 10K bytes of memory
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  • I put the bare amount of makeup on with trembling hands… wondering if now would be a good time to take up alcoholism with a vengeance.
  • The bare amount of light it cast illuminated the western sky in a gorgeous rainbow of pinks, yellows, and oranges.
  • He only drank the bare amount of blood he needed to stay alive from Elvadriewyn.
mere, no more than, simple;
slim, slight, slender, paltry, minimum


[with object]
Uncover (a part of the body or other thing) and expose it to view: he bared his chest to show his scar
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  • One of the prisoners bared his back after his initial arrest to reveal open welts allegedly caused by baton and rubber hoses.
  • With Britney baring her belly every chance she gets, tummies are getting more attention than ever.
  • The Comte rushed to help her, and as she seemed to be stifling, cut her bodice open with his dagger, baring her shoulder.
uncover, strip, lay bare, undress, unclothe, denude, expose


British informal
A large amount or number of: I’ve got bare work to do
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  • I put in bare work in the studio today.
  • Got bare work to do tomoz.
  • I remember the days I thought £1000 was bare money.


[as submodifier] British informal
Very; really (used as an intensifier): that girl is bare lazy
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  • I'm getting bare mad at this phone.
  • Jessie J's Alive album is bare good.
  • He used to make bare good music.



bare all

Take off all of one’s clothes and display oneself to others: Lysette bared all for Playboy in 1988
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  • It is telling how little encouragement folk needed to bare all for public display.
  • Credit to the dancer who bares all in a display that is more fitting of the mainstream Hollywood film genre.
  • Vanessa Olivarez - First to be voted out of the finalist round, we all know Vanessa quickly shed her clothes to bare all for PETA.

the bare bones

The basic facts about something, without any detail: the bare bones of the plot
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  • In these circumstances a biographer might be wise to say as little as possible beyond the bare bones of recorded fact.
  • It describes the bare bones of the plot, if you can call it that.
  • He knows audiences expect it, crave it, and gives them the bare bones, in a sometimes naturalistic, sometimes stylised mixture of English, French, Chinese and Japanese.

bare of

Without: the interior, bare of plaster, leaked a smell of old timbers
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  • ‘Black Mountain poetry is stripped bare of everything,’ an acolyte of Frank O'Hara said.
  • Two, we'd be propping up a regime that has so many of its 22 million subjects go hungry that the capital city is bare of vegetation, including grass.
  • Large areas of Vietnam were stripped bare of vegetation, and as much as half of the country's mangrove forests were wiped out.

bare one's soul

Reveal one’s innermost secrets and feelings to someone.
Example sentences
  • On that day I bare my soul, make myself vulnerable to friends and family by expressing my feelings.
  • Suddenly the safety of the anonymity is vanished and the person is left feeling somewhat vulnerable and exposed, as if they bared their soul to the world.
  • Perhaps you think baring your soul so poetically will make you irresistible, but to me it sounds condescending and self-deceptive.

bare one's teeth

Show one’s teeth, typically when angry.
Example sentences
  • She bared her teeth - not angry, simply contemplative, eyes shining with all the life that Yami's had lacked.
  • Dace asked, baring his teeth in a fierce, angry grin.
  • He saw them watching him and bared his teeth in the manner of an angry dog.

with one's bare hands

Without using tools or weapons.
Example sentences
  • I attacked with my bare hands, rejecting the tools of shellfish eating in favour of the messy approach.
  • The pages never got to practice with someone, as they were all new to blocking weapons with their bare hands and spent the entire hour trying to get it right.
  • Most of us lack any formal training in self-defense with an edged weapon or even with our bare hands, for that matter.



Pronunciation: /ˈbernəs/
Example sentences
  • I visited your country twice already and found the bareness of the landscape very inviting to big thoughts.
  • Detached from society, they don't seem to exist beyond the bareness of the stage.
  • Giant sycamores line the road to Purple Hill, almost sentry-like in their winter bareness.


Old English bær (noun), barian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch baar.

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