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unadorned, plain: Tell me the bare facts.; naked; without covering or clothing: bare midriff; scarcely sufficient: the bare necessities
Not to be confused with:
bear – to give birth to: bear a child; to suffer; endure; undergo: bear the blame; to bring: bear gifts; to render; afford; give: bear witness, bear testimony; an animal: a polar bear
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bare 1

adj. bar·er, bar·est
1. Lacking the usual or appropriate covering or clothing; naked: a bare arm.
2. Exposed to view; undisguised: bare fangs.
3. Lacking the usual furnishings, equipment, or decoration: bare walls.
4. Having no addition, adornment, or qualification: the bare facts.
5. Just sufficient; mere: the bare necessities.
6. Obsolete Bareheaded.
tr.v. bared, bar·ing, bares
1. To make bare; uncover or reveal: bared their heads; baring secrets.
2. To expose: The dog bared its teeth.

[Middle English bar, from Old English bær; see bhoso- in Indo-European roots.]

bare′ness n.

bare 2

v. Archaic
A past tense of bear1.
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1. unclothed; exposed: used esp of a part of the body
2. without the natural, conventional, or usual covering or clothing: a bare tree.
3. lacking appropriate furnishings, etc: a bare room.
4. unembellished; simple: the bare facts.
5. (prenomial) just sufficient; mere: he earned the bare minimum.
6. with one's bare hands without a weapon or tool
(tr) to make bare; uncover; reveal
[Old English bær; compare Old Norse berr, Old High German bar naked, Old Slavonic bosǔ barefoot]
ˈbareness n


archaic a past tense of bear1
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adj. bar•er, bar•est, adj.
1. without covering or clothing; naked; nude: bare legs.
2. without the usual furnishings, contents, etc.: bare walls.
3. mere: a bare three miles.
4. unadorned; bald; plain: the bare facts.
5. constituting a minimum; scarcely sufficient: the bare necessities of life.
6. Obs. bareheaded.
7. to reveal or divulge: to bare damaging new facts.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English bær, c. Old Frisian ber, Old Saxon, Old High German bar, Old Norse berr]
bare′ness, n.



v. Archaic.
pt. of bear 1.
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1. 'bare'

Bare is an adjective. If something is bare, it is not covered or decorated with anything.

The room has bare wooden floors.

If a part of the body is bare, it has no clothing.

Meg's feet were bare.
2. 'barely'

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.

It was so dark we could barely see.
His whisper was barely audible.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'not' with barely. Don't say, for example, 'The temperature was not barely above freezing'. You say 'The temperature was barely above freezing'.

Be Careful!
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'.

The audience could barely hear him.

You can use barely to say that one thing happened immediately after another. For example, you can say 'We had barely started the meal when Jane arrived'.

Be Careful!
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'.

I had barely arrived before he led me to the interview room.
They had barely sat down when they were told to leave.



These words are both pronounced eə/.

1. 'bear'

Bear can be a noun or a verb.

A bear is a large, strong wild animal with thick fur and sharp claws.

The bear stood on its hind legs.

If you bear a difficult situation, you accept it and are able to deal with it.

This disaster was more than some of them could bear.
2. 'bare'

Bare is usually an adjective. Something that is bare has no covering.

The grass was warm under her bare feet.
The walls were bare.
See bare - barely
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Past participle: bared
Gerund: baring

I bare
you bare
he/she/it bares
we bare
you bare
they bare
I bared
you bared
he/she/it bared
we bared
you bared
they bared
Present Continuous
I am baring
you are baring
he/she/it is baring
we are baring
you are baring
they are baring
Present Perfect
I have bared
you have bared
he/she/it has bared
we have bared
you have bared
they have bared
Past Continuous
I was baring
you were baring
he/she/it was baring
we were baring
you were baring
they were baring
Past Perfect
I had bared
you had bared
he/she/it had bared
we had bared
you had bared
they had bared
I will bare
you will bare
he/she/it will bare
we will bare
you will bare
they will bare
Future Perfect
I will have bared
you will have bared
he/she/it will have bared
we will have bared
you will have bared
they will have bared
Future Continuous
I will be baring
you will be baring
he/she/it will be baring
we will be baring
you will be baring
they will be baring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been baring
you have been baring
he/she/it has been baring
we have been baring
you have been baring
they have been baring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been baring
you will have been baring
he/she/it will have been baring
we will have been baring
you will have been baring
they will have been baring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been baring
you had been baring
he/she/it had been baring
we had been baring
you had been baring
they had been baring
I would bare
you would bare
he/she/it would bare
we would bare
you would bare
they would bare
Past Conditional
I would have bared
you would have bared
he/she/it would have bared
we would have bared
you would have bared
they would have bared
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.bare - lay barebare - lay bare; "bare your breasts"; "bare your feelings"
uncover, expose - remove all or part of one's clothes to show one's body; "uncover your belly"; "The man exposed himself in the subway"
2.bare - make publicbare - 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"
broadcast, air, transmit, beam, send - broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television; "We cannot air this X-rated song"
3.bare - lay barebare - 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 unclothedbare - completely unclothed; "bare bodies"; "naked from the waist up"; "a nude model"
unclothed - not wearing clothing
2.bare - lacking in amplitude or quantitybare - lacking in amplitude or quantity; "a bare livelihood"; "a scanty harvest"; "a spare diet"
meager, meagerly, meagre, scrimpy, stingy - deficient in amount or quality or extent; "meager resources"; "meager fare"
3.bare - not having a protective coveringbare - not having a protective covering; "unsheathed cables"; "a bare blade"
4.bare - lacking its natural or customary coveringbare - 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 paintbare - 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 sustenancebare - 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 contentsbare - 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 ornamentationbare - lacking embellishment or ornamentation; "a plain hair style"; "unembellished white walls"; "functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete"
unadorned, undecorated - not decorated with something to increase its beauty or distinction
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


1. naked, nude, stripped, exposed, uncovered, shorn, undressed, divested, denuded, in the raw (informal), disrobed, unclothed, buck naked (slang), unclad, scuddy (slang), without a stitch on (informal), in the bare scud (slang), naked as the day you were born (informal) She seemed unaware that she was bare.
naked covered, dressed, clothed, clad, attired
5. plain, hard, simple, cold, basic, essential, obvious, sheer, patent, evident, stark, manifest, bald, literal, overt, unembellished reporters were given nothing but the bare facts
6. absolute, very, simple, sheer a bare minimum of forces
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1. Without the usual covering:
2. Not wearing any clothes:
Chiefly British: starkers.
Idioms: in one's birthday suit, in the altogether, naked as a jaybird, stark naked, without a stitch.
3. Containing nothing:
4. Without addition, decoration, or qualification:
5. Just sufficient:
1. To make bare:
2. To make visible; bring to view:
Archaic: discover.
Idioms: bring to light, lay open, make plain.
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أساسي، ضَروريخاوٍعارٍ ، بِدون ألبِسهفارِغ، خاوٍمُجَرَّد، بِدون أوراق
auîur, tómurber, nakinngróîurlaus, laufvananauîsynlegursnjáîur, slitinn
가리지 않은드러내다벌거벗은
apnuogintibasasbe balnobe lapųbegėdiškas
apvalkātsatklātatsegtbez lapāmkails
เปลือยเปล่าทำให้โล่ง เปิดเผยออกมาว่างเปล่า
boşçıplaken gereklihavı dökülmüşörtüsünü çıkarmak
cởi bỏtrầntrống rỗng


A. ADJ (barer (compar) (barest (superl)))
1. (= uncovered) [body, skin, shoulders, person] → desnudo; [head] → descubierto; [feet] → descalzo; [landscape] → pelado; [tree] → sin hojas; [ground] → árido, sin vegetación; [floorboards] → sin alfombrar (Elec) [wire] → pelado, sin protección
bare to the waistdesnudo hasta la cintura
to sleep on bare boardsdormir en una tabla
in one's bare feetdescalzo
he put his bare hand in the flamepuso la mano directamente en la llama
he killed the lion with his bare handsmató 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 sbabrir el corazón a algn
to lay bare a secretrevelar un secreto
bare of sthdesprovisto de algo
bare patch (on lawn, carpet) → calva f
2. (= empty, unadorned) [room] → sin muebles; [wall] → desnudo; [statement] → escueto
the food cupboard was barela despensa estaba vacía
they only told us the bare factsse limitaron a contarnos estrictamente los hechos
3. (= meagre) [majority] → escaso
the bare bones (fig) → lo esencial
to strip sth down to the bare bonesreducir algo a lo esencial
the bare essentials or necessitieslo estrictamente indispensable
to earn a bare livingganar lo justo para vivir
the bare minimumlo justo, lo indispensable
4. (= mere) the match lasted a bare 18 minutesel partido duró apenas 18 minutos
sales grew at a bare 2% a yearlas ventas ascendieron apenas a un 2% al año
B. VT [+ body] → desnudar; [+ wire] → pelar; [+ sword] → desenvainar
to bare one's headdescubrirse
to bare one's soul to sbabrir el corazón a algn
the dog bared its teethel perro enseñó or mostró los dientes
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(= naked, without clothes) [person, body] → nu(e); [legs, feet, chest, head] → nu(e)
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
(= exposed) [rock, floor, wall, surface] → nu(e)
to lay sth bare (= expose) [+ fact, truth, scheme] → mettre qch à nu
see also bone
(= empty) [fridge, cupboard, room] → vide
to be bare of sth (= without sth) → être dépourvu(e) de qch
(= absolute) [minimum] → strict(e)
the bare essentials → le strict nécessaire
[+ legs] → découvrir; [+ chest, breasts, bottom] → montrer
[+ teeth] → montrer
to bare one's soul → mettre son cœur à nu
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adj (+er)
(= naked, uncovered) skin, boards, floornackt, bloß; summit, tree, countrysidekahl, nackt; earth, rocknackt; room, gardenleer; swordblank; wireblank; stylenüchtern; he stood there bare to the waister stand mit nacktem Oberkörper da; bare patchkahle Stelle; to sleep on bare boardsauf blanken Brettern schlafen; to lay bare one’s heartsein Innerstes bloßlegen; the bare factsdie nackten Tatsachen; the bare fact that he …allein die Tatsache, dass er …; with his bare handsmit bloßen Händen; she told him the bare bones of the storysie erzählte ihm die Geschichte in groben Zügen
(= scanty, mere)knapp; a bare majorityeine knappe Mehrheit; a bare subsistence wagegerade das Existenzminimum; a bare ten centimetres (Brit) or centimeters (US) → knappe or kaum zehn Zentimeter; with just the barest hint of garlicnur mit einer winzigen Spur Knoblauch; the bare minimumdas absolute Minimum
vt breast, legentblößen; (at doctor’s) → frei machen; teeth (in anger) → fletschen; end of a wirefreilegen; she bared her teeth in a forced smilesie grinste gezwungen; to bare one’s headden Hut etc ziehen, das Haupt entblößen (liter); to bare one’s soulseine Seele entblößen; to bare one’s heart to somebodyjdm sein Herz ausschütten


adv, adjohne Sattel; a bare riderein Reiter, der/eine Reiterin, die ohne Sattel reitet
adj (fig: = shameless) liarunverfroren, unverschämt, schamlos; cheekunverschämt; it is bare robberydas ist der reine Wucher (inf)
adjbarfüßig, barfuß pred
adjbarfüßig, barfuß pred
adjbarhäuptig (geh), → ohne Kopfbedeckung
advohne Kopfbedeckung, barhaupt (geh)
adjmit bloßen Beinen
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1. adj
a. (gen) → nudo/a; (arms, legs) → nudo/a, scoperto/a; (head) → scoperto/a; (landscape) → spoglio/a, brullo/a; (ground, tree, room) → nudo/a, spoglio/a; (cupboard) → vuoto/a (Elec) (wire) → scoperto/a
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
b. (meagre, majority) → risicato/a
to strip sth down to the bare essentials (structure, narrative) → ridurre qc all'essenziale
the bare necessities → lo stretto necessario
to earn a bare living → guadagnare appena da vivere
2. vtscoprire, denudare; (teeth) → mostrare
to bare one's heart (fig) → mettere a nudo il proprio animo
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(beə) adjective
1. uncovered or naked. bare skin; bare floors.
2. empty. bare shelves.
3. of trees etc, without leaves.
4. worn thin. The carpet is a bit bare.
5. basic; essential. the bare necessities of life.
to uncover. The dog bared its teeth in anger.
ˈbarely adverb
scarcely or only just. We have barely enough food.
ˈbareness noun
ˈbareback adverb, adjective
without a saddle. I enjoy riding bareback.
ˈbarefaced adjective
openly impudent. a barefaced lie.
ˈbarefoot(ed) adjective, adverb
not wearing shoes or socks etc. The children go barefoot on the beach.
ˌbareˈheaded adjective, adverb
not wearing a hat etc.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


خاوٍ, مَكْشُوف, يَكْشِفُ عَنْ holý, nahý, odhalit bar, blotte, tom entblößen, entblößt, leer απογυμνωμένος, γυμνός, γυμνώνω descubierto, descubrir, desnudo, enseñar paljas, paljastaa, tyhjä dénuder, libre, nu gol, ogoliti, prazan nudo, scoprire, vuoto むき出しにする, むき出しの, 空っぽの 가리지 않은, 드러내다, 벌거벗은 bloot, leeg, ontbloten bar, blottlegge, tom nagi, obnażyć, pusty arreganhar, descoberto, despido, vazio голый, обнажать, пустой bar, blotta เปลือยเปล่า, ทำให้โล่ง เปิดเผยออกมา, ว่างเปล่า açığa çıkarmak, boş, çıplak cởi bỏ, trần, trống rỗng 空的, 赤裸的, 露出
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a. desnudo-a, descubierto-a;
___ -leggedsin medias;
adv. apenas.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


adj desnudo, descubierto
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For, as when the red-cheeked, dancing girls, April and May, trip home to the wintry, misanthropic woods; even the barest, ruggedest, most thunder-cloven old oak will at least send forth some few green sprouts, to welcome such glad-hearted visitants; so Ahab did, in the end, a little respond to the playful allurings of that girlish air.
Robert is very well in a way, to give up all the money he can earn to the family, and keep the barest pittance for himself.
Instantly the tide turned, and it was by only the barest chance that the King himself escaped capture, and regained the temporary safety of Lewes.
The barest notion of a State must include four or five men.
The barest fraction of a second before his spring another beast of prey above him leaped, its weird and savage cry mingling with his.
My friend suggests that we may as well try what our voices can do toward proclaiming our situation to any living creature who may, by the barest possibility, be within hearing of us.
To right and left flew my shimmering blade, now green with the sticky juice of a plant man, now red with the crimson blood of a great white ape; but always flying from one opponent to another, hesitating but the barest fraction of a second to drink the lifeblood in the centre of some savage heart.
The fire had burned up fairly bright, and showed me the barest room I think I ever put my eyes on.
"I need it, and I seek it so far, sir, that some true philanthropist will put me in the way of getting work which I can do, and the remuneration for which will keep me, if but in the barest necessaries of life."
She looked at me with a puzzled expression on her face for the barest fraction of a second, and then she turned and went up the ladder.
At the best, I had anticipated that he might, by the barest chance, agree with me in suspecting Mrs.
It is surprising in how many curious ways this gradation can be shown to exist; but only the barest outline of the facts can here be given.