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[fair] /fɛər/
the price of conveyance or passage in a bus, train, airplane, or other vehicle.
a person or persons who pay to be conveyed in a vehicle; paying passenger.
a person who hires a public vehicle and its driver.
food; diet:
hearty fare.
something offered to the public, for entertainment, enjoyment, consumption, etc.:
literary fare.
Archaic. state of things.
verb (used without object), fared, faring.
to experience good or bad fortune, treatment, etc.; get on:
He fared well in his profession.
to go; turn out; happen (used impersonally):
It fared ill with him.
to go; travel.
to eat and drink:
They fared sumptuously.
Origin of fare
before 1000; Middle English faren, Old English faran; cognate with German fahren, Old Norse fara, Gothic faran; akin to emporium, port5, pram2
Related forms
farer, noun
Can be confused
fair, far, fare.
4. See food. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fared
  • The officers fared much better than the crew, however.
  • Captions with fewer punctuation marks fared better than others, as did captions that were harder to visualize.
  • Earthquake tests of straw bale walls on gravel bags showed they fared well even without plaster or traditional footings.
  • Though severely frostbitten, they certainly fared better than the five people who had perished in previous attempts.
  • The companies he has started on his own have not fared as well.
  • Few strangers came into the land and such as did fared uncomfortably.
  • Plants grown with smaller amounts of fly ash have fared much better.
  • She notes, however, that both countries fared better either way than under a no-geoengineering policy.
  • As the total number of species declines, some have fared worse than others.
  • It's impossible to know how these same cases would have fared in the civilian system.
British Dictionary definitions for fared


the sum charged or paid for conveyance in a bus, train, aeroplane, etc
a paying passenger, esp when carried by taxi
a range of food and drink; diet
verb (intransitive)
to get on (as specified); manage: he fared well
with it as a subject. to turn out or happen as specified: it fared badly with him
(archaic) to eat: we fared sumptuously
(often foll by forth) (archaic) to go or travel
Derived Forms
farer, noun
Word Origin
Old English faran; related to Old Norse fara to travel, Old High German faran to go, Greek poros ford
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Word Origin and History for fared



Old English fær "journey, road, passage, expedition," strong neuter of faran "to journey" (see fare (v.)); merged with faru "journey, expedition, companions, baggage," strong fem. of faran. Original sense is obsolete, except in compounds (wayfarer, sea-faring, etc.) Meaning "food provided" is c.1200; that of "conveyance" appears in Scottish early 15c. and led to sense of "payment for passage" (1510s).


Old English faran "to journey, set forth, go, travel, wander, get on, undergo, make one's way," from Proto-Germanic *faranan (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German, Gothic faran, Old Norse and Old Frisian fara, Dutch varen, German fahren), from PIE *por- "going, passage," from root *per- (2) "to lead, pass over" (see port (n.1)). Related: Fared; faring.

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