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Princeton's WordNet

  1. menu, farenoun

    an agenda of things to do

    "they worked rapidly down the menu of reports"

  2. fare, transportationnoun

    the sum charged for riding in a public conveyance

  3. farenoun

    a paying (taxi) passenger

  4. fareverb

    the food and drink that are regularly served or consumed

  5. do, fare, make out, come, get alongverb

    proceed or get along

    "How is she doing in her new job?"; "How are you making out in graduate school?"; "He's come a long way"

  6. fareverb

    eat well

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Farenoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    He found a ship going to Tarsish; so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it to go with them unto Tarsish. Jon.

    He passage begs with unregarded pray’r,
    And wants two farthings to discharge his fare. John Dryden, Juv.

    But come, so well refresh’d, now let us play,
    As meet is, after such delicious fare. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    But when the western winds with vital pow’r
    Call forth the tender grass and budding flow’r,
    Then, at the last, produce in open air
    Both flocks, and send them to their Summer’s fare. Dryden.

    This is what nature’s want may well suffice;
    He that would more is covetous, not wise:
    But since among mankind so few there are,
    Who will conform to philosophick fare,
    This much I will indulge thee for thy ease,
    And mingle something of our times to please. John Dryden, Juv.

    Upon his rising up he ordered the peasant to set before him whatever food he had in his house: the peasant brought out a great deal of coarse fare, of which the emperor eat very heartily. Joseph Addison, Guardian, №. 99.

  2. To FAREverb

    Etymology: faran, Saxon; varen, Dutch.

    At last, resolving forward still to fare,
    Until the blust’ring storm is overblown. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    His spirits pure were subject to our sight,
    Like to a man in shew and shape he fared. Edward Fairfax.

    So on he fares, and to the border comes
    Of Eden. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. iv. l. 131.

    Sadly they far’d along the sea-beat shore;
    Still heav’d their hearts. Alexander Pope.

    So bids thee well to fare thy nether friend. Fairy Queen.

    A stubborn heart shall fare evil at the last. Ecclus. iii. 26.

    Well fare the hand, which to our humble sight
    Presents that beauty, which the dazzling light
    Of royal splendor. Edmund Waller.

    So in this throng bright Sacharissa far’d,
    Oppress’d by those who strove to be her guard:
    As ships, though never so obsequious, fall
    Foul in a tempest on their admiral. Edmund Waller.

    So fares the stag among th’ enraged hounds;
    Repels their force, and wounds returns for wounds. John Denham.

    But as a barque, that in foul weather,
    Toss’d by two adverse winds together,
    Is bruis’d and beaten to and fro,
    And knows not which to turn him to;
    So far’d the knight between two foes,
    And knew not which of them t’ oppose. Hudibras, p. i.

    If you do as I do, you may fare as I fare. Roger L'Estrange.

    Thus fares the queen, and thus her fury blows
    Amid’st the crowd. John Dryden, Æn.

    English ministers never fare so well as in a time of war with a foreign power, which diverts the private feuds and animosities of the nation, and turns their efforts upon the common enemy. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 49.

    Some give out there is no danger at all; others are comforted that it will be a common calamity, and they shall fare no worse than their neighbours. Jonathan Swift.

    Thus it fareth when too much desire of contradiction causeth our speeches rather to pass by number than to stay for weight. Richard Hooker, b. ii. s. 5.

    So fares it when with truth falsehood contends. John Milton.

    When the hand finds itself well warmed and covered, let it refuse the trouble of feeding the mouth, or guarding the head, ’till the body be starved or killed, and then we shall see how it will fare with the hand. Robert South, Sermons.

    The rich man fared sumptuously every day. Luke.

    Feast your ears with the musick awhile, if they will fare so harshly as on the trumpet’s sound. William Shakespeare, Timon.

    Men think they have fared hardly, if, in times of extremity, they have descended so low as dogs; but Galen delivereth, that, young, fat, and gelded, they were the food of many nations. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. iii. c. 25.


  1. Fare

    A fare is the fee paid by a passenger for use of a public transport system: rail, bus, taxi, etc. In the case of air transport, the term airfare is often used. Fare structure is the system set up to determine how much is to be paid by various passengers using a transit vehicle at any given time. A linked trip is a trip from the origin to the destination on the transit system. Even if a passenger must make several transfers during a journey, the trip is counted as one linked trip on the system.


  1. fare

    Fare refers to the money paid for a journey or trip on public transportation like a bus, train, taxi, or airplane. It can also refer to the food and drink consumed or provided in a particular situation, or the range of food available, as in "a restaurant with an extensive cuisine fare."

Webster Dictionary

  1. Farenoun

    to go; to pass; to journey; to travel

  2. Farenoun

    to be in any state, or pass through any experience, good or bad; to be attended with any circummstances or train of events, fortunate or unfortunate; as, he fared well, or ill

  3. Farenoun

    to be treated or entertained at table, or with bodily or social comforts; to live

  4. Farenoun

    to happen well, or ill; -- used impersonally; as, we shall see how it will fare with him

  5. Farenoun

    to behave; to conduct one's self

  6. Fare

    a journey; a passage

  7. Fare

    the price of passage or going; the sum paid or due for conveying a person by land or water; as, the fare for crossing a river; the fare in a coach or by railway

  8. Fare

    ado; bustle; business

  9. Fare

    condition or state of things; fortune; hap; cheer

  10. Fare

    food; provisions for the table; entertainment; as, coarse fare; delicious fare

  11. Fare

    the person or persons conveyed in a vehicle; as, a full fare of passengers

  12. Fare

    the catch of fish on a fishing vessel

  13. Etymology: [AS. faran to travel, fare; akin to OS., Goth., & OHG. faran to travel, go, D. varen, G. fahren, OFries., Icel., & Sw. fara, Dan. fare, Gr. a way through, a ferry, strait, to convey, to go, march, beyond, on the other side, to pass through, L. peritus experienced, portus port, Skr. par to bring over. 78. Cf. Chaffer, Emporium, Far, Ferry, Ford, Peril, Port a harbor, Pore, n.]


  1. Fare

    A fare is the fee paid by a passenger for use of a public transport system: rail, bus, taxi, etc. In the case of air transport, the term airfare is often used. Fare structure is the system set up to determine how much is to be paid by various passengers using a transit vehicle at any given time. A linked trip is a trip from the origin to the destination on the transit system. Even if a passenger must make several transfers during a journey, the trip is counted as one linked trip on the system.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fare

    fār, v.i. to get on or succeed: to happen well or ill to: to be in any particular state, to be, to go on: to feed.—n. the price of passage—(orig.) a course or passage: those conveyed in a carriage: food or provisions for the table.—interj. Farewell′, may you fare well! a wish for safety or success.—n. well-wishing at parting: the act of departure.—adj. parting: final. [A.S. faran; Ger. fahren.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. FARE

    The cost of a ride. See old adage, "Only the brave can work their fare."

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. fare

    [Anglo-Saxon, fara]. A voyage or passage by water, or the money paid for such passage. Also, a fishing season for cod; and likewise the cargo of the fishing vessel. (See how fare ye??)

Editors Contribution

  1. fare

    The cost to travel on a specific form of transport.

    The bus fare was affordable and we were very grateful x

    Submitted by MaryC on March 27, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. FARE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Fare is ranked #51176 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Fare surname appeared 407 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Fare.

    86% or 350 total occurrences were White.
    7.3% or 30 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    3.9% or 16 total occurrences were Black.
    1.4% or 6 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fare' in Nouns Frequency: #2376

Anagrams for fare »

  1. rafe

  2. frae

  3. fear

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fare in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fare in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of fare in a Sentence

  1. John Milton:

    When the waves are round me breaking,As I pace the deck alone,And my eye in vain is seekingSome green leaf to rest uponWhat would not I give to wanderWhere my old companions dwellAbsence makes the heart grow fonder,Isle of Beauty, fare thee well

  2. Scott Keyes:

    Spirit and Frontier play a big role in the fare you pay, even if you never fly either one, when Delta announced the basic economy fare in 2012, they described it to investors as a' Spirit-matching fare,' because their lunch was getting eaten by the budget carriers of the world. I'm not a fan of either merger, but I like the JetBlue option even less.

  3. Thomas Paine:

    Better fare hard with good men than feast it with bad.

  4. Colette:

    But just as delicate fare does not stop you from craving for saveloys, so tried and exquisite friendship does not take away your taste for something new and dubious.

  5. Keli Braitman:

    Newer vehicles tend to fare better in crashes than older vehicles, and are more likely to have safety features.

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Translations for fare

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • مسافر, طعام, سافرArabic
  • пасаже́р, [[цена́]] на [[биле́т]], случвам се, пътувам, провизия, пъ̀тник, храня, ставамBulgarian
  • cestující, jízdnéCzech
  • billetpris, kundeDanish
  • Fahrgast, reisen, Passagier, Fahrpreis, fahrenGerman
  • ναύλος, επιβάτηςGreek
  • tarifa, viajar, pasajeroSpanish
  • sõitjaEstonian
  • ruoka, matkustaja, taksa, hinta, tarvike, asiakas, tariffiFinnish
  • tarif, passagerFrench
  • किरायाHindi
  • utasHungarian
  • reisa, fara, ferðastIcelandic
  • mangiare, cibo, passeggero, vitto, cenare, tariffa, viaggiareItalian
  • 運賃, 料金, 乗客Japanese
  • តម្លៃឈ្នួលKhmer
  • 승객, 여객, 요금, 려객Korean
  • патникMacedonian
  • tambangMalay
  • reizen, proviand, levensmiddelen, opvarende, passagier, veerloon, reiziger, vervoersprijs, veergeld, varen, voorraad, voorraadje, dieetDutch
  • billettprisNorwegian
  • pasażerPolish
  • viajar, passageiro, jantar, comer, tarifaPortuguese
  • tarif, călători, biletRomanian
  • продукт, пассажи́рка, [[цена́]] [[билет, прови́зия, пассажи́р, [[пла́та]] за [[прое́зд]], плата за проездRussian
  • путник, pȗtnīkSerbo-Croatian
  • cestujúciSlovak
  • passagerare, biljettpris, taxa, fara, resande, tariffSwedish
  • abiriaSwahili
  • ค่าโดยสารThai
  • yolcuTurkish
  • کرایہUrdu
  • tiền xe, tiền phà, tiền đòVietnamese

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