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.

before 1000; Middle English faren, Old English faran; cognate with German fahren, Old Norse fara, Gothic faran; akin to emporium, port5, pram2

farer, noun

fair, far, fare, flare (see synonym study at fair).

4. See food.
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fare (fɛə)
1.  the sum charged or paid for conveyance in a bus, train, aeroplane, etc
2.  a paying passenger, esp when carried by taxi
3.  a range of food and drink; diet
vb (with it as a subject)
4.  to get on (as specified); manage: he fared well
5.  to turn out or happen as specified: it fared badly with him
6.  archaic to eat: we fared sumptuously
7.  archaic (often foll by forth) to go or travel
[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 & History

O.E. fær "journey, road," strong neut. 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 Original sense is obsolete, except in compounds (wayfarer, sea-faring, etc.)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 of "food provided" is
c.1200; that of "conveyance" appears in Scot. early 15c. and led to sense of "payment for passage" (1510s).

O.E. faran "to journey, to make one's way," from P.Gmc. *faranan (cf. Goth. faran, Ger. fahren), from PIE *por- "going, passage," from base *per- "to lead, pass over" (see port (1)). Related: Fared; faring.
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Example sentences
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.
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