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adj. bar•er, bar•est, adj.
Bare is an adjective. If something is bare, it is not covered or decorated with anything.
If a part of the body is bare, it has no clothing.
Barely is an adverb. It has a totally different meaning from bare. You use barely to say that something is only just true or possible. For example, if you can barely do something, you can only just do it. If something is barely noticeable, you can only just notice it.
If you use an auxiliary verb or modal with barely, you put the auxiliary verb or modal first. You say, for example, 'He can barely read'. Don't say 'He barely can read'.
You use when or before after barely. Don't use 'than'. Don't say, for example, 'We had barely started the meal than Jane arrived'.
These words are both pronounced eə/.
Bear can be a noun or a verb.
A bear is a large, strong wild animal with thick fur and sharp claws.
If you bear a difficult situation, you accept it and are able to deal with it.
Bare is usually an adjective. Something that is bare has no covering.
Past participle: bared
|Verb||1.||bare - lay bare; "bare your breasts"; "bare your feelings"|
|2.||bare - make public; "She aired her opinions on welfare"|
tell - let something be known; "Tell them that you will be late"
hype - publicize in an exaggerated and often misleading manner
bulletin - make public by bulletin
issue, publish, bring out, release, put out - prepare and issue for public distribution or sale; "publish a magazine or newspaper"
disseminate, pass around, circulate, diffuse, broadcast, circularise, circularize, spread, disperse, propagate, distribute - cause to become widely known; "spread information"; "circulate a rumor"; "broadcast the news"
|3.||bare - lay bare; "denude a forest" |
clear - remove; "clear the leaves from the lawn"; "Clear snow from the road"
defoliate - strip the leaves or branches from; "defoliate the trees with pesticides"
burn off - clear land of its vegetation by burning it off
|Adj.||1.||bare - completely unclothed; "bare bodies"; "naked from the waist up"; "a nude model"|
unclothed - not wearing clothing
|2.||bare - lacking in amplitude or quantity; "a bare livelihood"; "a scanty harvest"; "a spare diet"|
|3.||bare - not having a protective covering; "unsheathed cables"; "a bare blade"|
|4.||bare - lacking its natural or customary covering; "a bare hill"; "bare feet"|
covered - overlaid or spread or topped with or enclosed within something; sometimes used as a combining form; "women with covered faces"; "covered wagons"; "a covered balcony"
|5.||bare - just barely adequate or within a lower limit; "a bare majority"; "a marginal victory"|
narrow - very limited in degree; "won by a narrow margin"; "a narrow escape"
|6.||bare - apart from anything else; without additions or modifications; "only the bare facts"; "shocked by the mere idea"; "the simple passage of time was enough"; "the simple truth"|
plain - not elaborate or elaborated; simple; "plain food"; "stuck to the plain facts"; "a plain blue suit"; "a plain rectangular brick building"
|7.||bare - lacking a surface finish such as paint; "bare wood"; "unfinished furniture"|
unpainted - not having a coat of paint or badly in need of a fresh coat; "an unpainted house"; "unpainted furniture"
|8.||bare - providing no shelter or sustenance; "bare rocky hills"; "barren lands"; "the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes"; "the desolate surface of the moon"; "a stark landscape"|
inhospitable - unfavorable to life or growth; "the barren inhospitable desert"; "inhospitable mountain areas"
|9.||bare - having everything extraneous removed including contents; "the bare walls"; "the cupboard was bare"|
empty - holding or containing nothing; "an empty glass"; "an empty room"; "full of empty seats"; "empty hours"
|10.||bare - lacking embellishment or ornamentation; "a plain hair style"; "unembellished white walls"; "functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete"|
naked covered, dressed, clothed, clad, attired
empty full, abundant, plentiful, well-stocked, profuse
bare to the waist → desnudo hasta la cintura
to sleep on bare boards → dormir en una tabla
in one's bare feet → descalzo
he put his bare hand in the flame → puso la mano directamente en la llama
he killed the lion with his bare hands → mató al león sólo con las manos or sin armas
to lay sth bare [+ flaw, mistake] → poner algo de manifiesto; [+ intentions, plans] → poner algo al descubierto
to lay bare one's heart to sb → abrir el corazón a algn
to lay bare a secret → revelar un secreto
bare of sth → desprovisto de algo
bare patch (on lawn, carpet) → calva f
the food cupboard was bare → la despensa estaba vacía
they only told us the bare facts → se limitaron a contarnos estrictamente los hechos
the bare bones (fig) → lo esencial
to strip sth down to the bare bones → reducir algo a lo esencial
the bare essentials or necessities → lo estrictamente indispensable
to earn a bare living → ganar lo justo para vivir
the bare minimum → lo justo, lo indispensable
Her feet were bare
BUT Elle était pieds nus.
His head was bare
BUT Il était tête nue.
with one's bare hands → à mains nues
to lay sth bare (= expose) [+ fact, truth, scheme] → mettre qch à nu
see also bone
to be bare of sth (= without sth) → être dépourvu(e) de qch
there's a bare patch on the carpet → c'è un pezzo spelacchiato nella moquette
with his bare hands → a mani nude
the bare facts → i fatti nudi e crudi
to lay bare (fig) → mettere a nudo, svelare