WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
bare1 /bɛr/USA pronunciation   adj.,  bar•er, bar•est, v.,  bared, bar•ing. 
adj. 
  1. without covering or clothing;
    naked: bare legs.
  2. without the usual furnishings, etc.:bare walls without pictures.
  3. not more than;
    only:[before a noun]a bare three miles.
  4. being scarcely enough;
    minimum:[before a noun]the bare necessities.

v. [+ object]
  1. to uncover;
    show:The dog bared its teeth.
  2. to let (something) be known;
    divulge: bared damaging new facts.
bare•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
bare1  (bâr),USA pronunciation adj.,  bar•er, bar•est, v.t.,  bared, bar•ing. 
adj. 
  1. without covering or clothing;
    naked;
    nude:bare legs.
  2. without the usual furnishings, contents, etc.:bare walls.
  3. open to view;
    unconcealed;
    undisguised:his bare dislike of neckties.
  4. unadorned;
    bald;
    plain:the bare facts.
  5. Textiles(of cloth) napless or threadbare.
  6. scarcely or just sufficient;
    mere:the bare necessities of life.
  7. [Obs.]with the head uncovered;
    bareheaded.

v.t. 
  1. to open to view;
    reveal or divulge:to bare one's arms; to bare damaging new facts.
barish, adj. 
bareness, n. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English; Old English bær; cognate with Old Frisian ber, Dutch baar, Old Saxon, Old High German, German bar, Old Norse berr, Lithuanian bãsas barefoot, Russian bos; akin to Armenian bok naked
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged undressed.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged plain, stark, empty, barren.
      Bare, stark, barren share the sense of lack or absence of something that might be expected.
      Bare, the least powerful in connotation of the three, means lack of expected or usual coverings, furnishings, or embellishments:bare floor, feet, head.Stark implies extreme severity or desolation and resultant bleakness or dreariness:a stark landscape; a stark, emotionless countenance.Barren carries a strong sense of sterility and oppressive dullness:barren fields; a barren relationship.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  mere 1.
    • 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged uncover, expose.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged covered.

bare2  (bâr),USA pronunciation v. [Archaic.]
  1. pt. of  bear. 

'bareness' also found in these entries:
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