What does bury mean?

Definitions for bury
ˈbɛr ibu·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. buryverb

    cover from sight

    "Afghani women buried under their burkas"

  2. bury, entomb, inhume, inter, lay to restverb

    place in a grave or tomb

    "Stalin was buried behind the Kremlin wall on Red Square"; "The pharaohs were entombed in the pyramids"; "My grandfather was laid to rest last Sunday"

  3. buryverb

    place in the earth and cover with soil

    "They buried the stolen goods"

  4. immerse, swallow, swallow up, bury, eat upverb

    enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing

    "The huge waves swallowed the small boat and it sank shortly thereafter"

  5. bury, sinkverb

    embed deeply

    "She sank her fingers into the soft sand"; "He buried his head in her lap"

  6. forget, buryverb

    dismiss from the mind; stop remembering

    "I tried to bury these unpleasant memories"


  1. Burynoun

    A metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester, England

  2. Etymology: See borough.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bury, Berynoun

    A dwelling-place; a termination still added to the names of several places; as, Aldermanbury, St. Edmund’s bury. Edward Phillips World of Words.

    Etymology: from burg, Sax.

  2. Burynoun

    Etymology: from burg, Sax.

    It is his nature to dig himself buries, as the coney doth; which he doth with very great celerity. Nehemiah Grew.

  3. To BURYverb

    Etymology: byrigean, Saxon.

    When he lies along,
    After your way his tale pronounc’d, shall bury
    His reasons with his body. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Slave, thou hast slain me!
    If ever thou wilt thrive, bury my body. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    If you have kindness left, there see me laid;
    To bury decently the injur’d maid,
    Is all the favour. Edmund Waller.

    This is the way to make the city flat,
    And bury all, which yet distinctly ranges,
    In heaps and piles of ruin. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    A tearing groan did break
    The name of Antony; it was divided
    Between her heart and lips; she render’d life,
    Thy name so bury’d in her. William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra.


  1. bury

    To bury means to place or hide something, typically a dead body or something considered unappealing or embarrassing, under the ground or other substances, thus concealing it from view. It can also refer to suppressing or forgetting about a thought or feeling. Furthermore, it can refer to immersing oneself deeply into a particular activity or situation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Burynoun

    a borough; a manor; as, the Bury of St. Edmond's

  2. Burynoun

    a manor house; a castle

  3. Buryverb

    to cover out of sight, either by heaping something over, or by placing within something, as earth, etc.; to conceal by covering; to hide; as, to bury coals in ashes; to bury the face in the hands

  4. Buryverb

    specifically: To cover out of sight, as the body of a deceased person, in a grave, a tomb, or the ocean; to deposit (a corpse) in its resting place, with funeral ceremonies; to inter; to inhume

  5. Buryverb

    to hide in oblivion; to put away finally; to abandon; as, to bury strife


  1. Bury

    Bury is a town in Greater Manchester, England. It lies on the River Irwell, 5.5 miles east of Bolton, 5.9 miles west-southwest of Rochdale, and 7.9 miles north-northwest of the city of Manchester. Bury is surrounded by several smaller settlements, which together form the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, with Bury as the largest settlement and administrative centre. Historically a part of Lancashire, Bury emerged during the Industrial Revolution as a mill town centred on textile manufacture. Bury is regionally notable for its open-air market - Bury Market - and its popularity has been increased since the introduction of the Manchester Metrolink tram system, which terminates in the town. The market is known for its supply of a local traditional dish - black pudding, served hot or cold and can be eaten either as a takeaway snack, or more commonly as an accompaniment or main ingredient of a meal starter or main course. One of Bury's most notable residents was Sir Robert Peel, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, founder of the Metropolitan Police Service and the Conservative Party. A monument to Peel is outside Bury parish church and another, the austere Peel Monument, stands on a hill overlooking the locality.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bury

    ber′i, v.t. to hide in the ground: to cover: to place in the grave, as a dead body: to hide or blot out of remembrance:—pr.p. bur′ying; pa.p. bur′ied.—ns. Bur′ying-ground, Bur′ying-place, ground set apart for burying the dead: a graveyard.—Bury the hatchet, to cease strife. [A.S. byrgan, to bury; Ger. bergen, to hide.]

  2. Bury

    ber′i, n. a delicate pear of several varieties.—Also Burr′el, Burr′el-pear. [Cf. the Fr. beurré, as in 'Beurré d'Angoulême.']

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Bury

    a manufacturing town in Lancashire, 10 m. NW. of Manchester; originally but a small place engaged in woollen manufacture, but cotton is now the staple manufacture in addition to paper-works, dye-works, &c.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BURY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bury is ranked #11296 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bury surname appeared 2,796 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Bury.

    91.2% or 2,551 total occurrences were White.
    3% or 86 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.5% or 72 total occurrences were Black.
    1.6% or 47 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 22 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.6% or 18 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bury' in Verbs Frequency: #560

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bury in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bury in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of bury in a Sentence

  1. Fatlume Rushiti:

    If they bury our river we have to leave our homes, we are fighting for the future of our children.

  2. James Worthy:

    We still have games to play, until you stomp me out, cut my head off, bury me 12 feet under, then I got a chance. So that’s my confidence.

  3. Phillip Stone:

    I don't have any interest in coming to help bury a college that's dying. That's not on my radar.

  4. Anwar Kazmi:

    We are urging people to bury their dead at the earliest in view of the current heat wave and poor power situation, we have not run out of capacity at the morgue, but buried 30 unclaimed bodies this morning to create more space.

  5. Nikita Khrushchev:

    Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you.

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