Definition of bury in English:

bury

Syllabification: bur·y
Pronunciation: /ˈberē
 
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verb (buries, burying, buried)

1 [with object] Put or hide under ground: he buried the box in the back garden (as adjective buried) buried treasure
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  • Mr. Flanagan said that in a perfect world there would be no landfills, and waste would be buried five miles underground.
  • The asbestos has to then be put into large, approved bags before being taken away to a landfill tip to be buried underground by the contractors.
  • Power cables are to be buried underground, at a cost of #200,000.
1.1 (usually be buried) Place (a dead body) in the earth, in a tomb, or in the sea, typically with funeral rites: he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery
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  • That, too, is part of burying our dead and moving on.
  • When I see the faces of families burying their dead, victims of rampant crime, I can only wonder how they must feel to lose loved ones in such circumstances.
  • Those burying their dead insisting that blood begets blood.
Synonyms
inter, lay to rest, entomb
informal put six feet under
literary inhume
1.2Lose (someone, typically a relative) through death: she buried her sixty-year-old husband
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  • Edith buried her husband of forty-some years over a decade ago.
  • Several years after she buried her husband, she had additional remains cremated and sprinkled at his grave during a graveside service.
  • But it seems to me that what I am hearing is that, regardless of the details, there is a common thread between moms who have had to bury children.
2Completely cover; cause to disappear or become inconspicuous: the countryside has been buried under layers of concrete figurative the warehouse was buried in the faceless sprawl of the city
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  • The ceiling collapses right on top of Daniel, burying him beneath the rubble.
  • The river thundered below like a chorus of goblin voices, clamoring to snatch me away and bury me beneath the tumult of ice and rock, where no one would ever find me.
  • He was soon buried beneath them, still fighting futilely for his life…
Synonyms
hide, conceal, cover, enfold, engulf, tuck, cup, sink
literary enshroud
2.1Move or put out of sight: she buried her face in her hands with his hands buried in the pockets of his overcoat
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  • She chose to hide her face from Adrian's sight, burying it underneath her hands.
  • Ashley bit her lip and tried to hid her pain by burying her face in Tommy's shoulder, but it was obvious to all the men present that she was in agony.
  • She turned her head away from the gruesome sight and buried it against Kreed's chest.
2.2Deliberately forget; conceal from oneself: they had buried their feelings of embarrassment and fear
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  • He needed to forget about Elizabeth and bury the love he still felt for her in a grave someplace.
  • Apparently the immediate mourning of Otua's passing had disappeared, but Lee could still sense a deeply buried feeling of grief.
  • Adam looked at Evangeline, her voice was level but in her eyes, for a split second, he could see that there was fear buried in that memory.
2.3Overwhelm (an opponent) beyond hope of recovery: losses that would bury multiple businesses
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  • No, what primarily caught my attention was the manner in which the two men went on and on and on and on, as if they hoped to bury the United States under the sheer mass of their verbiage.
  • All he has ever done is bury his opponents and kill all of their heat.
  • Although, I think Brock also realizes that if he does stick around, he will be buried beyond belief, and will not let that happen.
2.4 (bury oneself) Involve oneself deeply in something to the exclusion of other concerns: he buried himself in work
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  • While many people will deeply bury themselves in the mood of worship on Sunday, the doors will be widely open at Kamwala's Hindu Hall for any person to attend the long-awaited Crossroads national music festival.
  • The Flosses bury themselves deeply in denial, while Joe struggles with an unspoken regret.
  • She made excuses not to follow Eliza and Mikelle down to lunch, and buried herself inside her schoolwork.
Synonyms
absorb, engross, immerse, occupy, engage, busy, involve

Origin

Old English byrgan; related to the verb borrow and to borough.

Phrases

bury the hatchet

End a quarrel or conflict and become friendly.
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  • If the two countries were to bury the hatchet, there is no limit to what they can accomplish together.
  • There is much to be learned from this tradition of symbolically burying the hatchet at the end of a long hard campaign.
  • Two of the principal players in the annual Antiques Week in New Hampshire have buried the hatchet and are smoking the peace pipe.

bury one's head in the sand

Ignore unpleasant realities.
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  • Being one of these people who buries their head in the sand and ignores imminent problems, I just pushed myself too far lately and ended up just losing it.
  • Clay Serby's remarks brought quick condemnation from other politicians and farm groups but Serby defended himself by saying that anyone blind to this potential reality is burying their head in the sand.
  • She said she was almost positive Carla knew about this - how could the rumours have missed her - but that she chose to ignore it, burying her head in the sand.

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