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Dictionary Definition

bare adj
1 denuded of leaves; "the bare branches of winter"
2 completely unclothed; "bare bodies"; "naked from the waist up"; "a nude model" [syn: au naturel(p), naked, nude]
3 lacking in amplitude or quantity; "a bare livelihood"; "a scanty harvest"; "a spare diet" [syn: bare(a), scanty, spare]
4 without the natural or usual covering; "a bald spot on the lawn"; "bare hills" [syn: bald, denuded, denudate]
5 not having a protective covering; "unsheathed cables"; "a bare blade" [syn: unsheathed] [ant: sheathed]
6 just barely adequate or within a lower limit; "a bare majority"; "a marginal victory" [syn: bare(a), marginal]
7 apart from anything else; without additions or modifications; "only the bare facts"; "shocked by the mere idea"; "the simple passage of time was enough"; "the simple truth" [syn: bare(a), mere(a), simple(a)]
8 lacking a surface finish such as paint; "bare wood"; "unfinished furniture" [syn: unfinished]
9 providing no shelter or sustenance; "bare rocky hills"; "barren lands"; "the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes"; "the desolate surface of the moon"; "a stark landscape" [syn: barren, bleak, desolate, stark]
10 having extraneous everything removed including contents; "the bare walls"; "the cupboard was bare" [syn: stripped]
11 showing ground without the usual covering of grass; "a carefully swept bare yard around the house"


1 lay bare; "bare your breasts"; "bare your feelings"
2 make public; "She aired her opinions on welfare" [syn: publicize, publicise, air]
3 lay bare; "denude a forest" [syn: denude, denudate, strip]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • , /beə(r)/, /be@(r)/
  • Rhymes with: -ɛə(r)


Etymology 1



  1. Minimal; that is or are just sufficient.
    the bare necessities
  2. Naked, uncovered.
    Don't show your bare backside in public.
  3. Having no supplies.
    a room bare of furniture
    The cupboard was bare.
  4. Having no decoration.
    The walls of this room are bare — why not hang some paintings on them?
  5. Having had what usually covers (something) removed.
    The trees were left bare after the swarm of locusts devoured all the leaves.
  6. A lot or lots of.
    This pornos bare whack bruv
naked, uncovered
having no supplies
having no decoration
having had what usually covers (something) removed


the bare (always with the definite article)
  1. the naked state, nude body

Etymology 2



  1. To uncover; to reveal; as, to bare one's teeth, to bare one's soul.

Etymology 3

Inflected forms.


  1. simple past of bear


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Extensive Definition

Bare means minimal or naked. Bare may also refer to:
In music:
bare in French: Bare
bare in Italian: Bare
bare in Serbian: Баре (вишезначна одредница)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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