1. Alexander,1st Baron Ashburton,1774–1848, British statesman.
  2. Evelyn, 1st Earl of Cromer,1841–1917, British statesman and diplomat.

adjective, bar·er, bar·est.

  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. (of cloth) napless or threadbare.
  6. scarcely or just sufficient; mere: the bare necessities of life.
  7. Obsolete. with the head uncovered; bareheaded.

verb (used with object), bared, bar·ing.

  1. to open to view; reveal or divulge: to bare one’s arms; to bare damaging new facts.

verb Archaic.

  1. simple past tense of bear1.


  1. Evelyn, 1st Earl of Cromer. 1841–1917, English administrator. As consul general in Egypt with plenipotentiary powers, he controlled the Egyptian government from 1883 to 1907


  1. unclothed; exposed: used esp of a part of the body
  2. without the natural, conventional, or usual covering or clothinga bare tree
  3. lacking appropriate furnishings, etca bare room
  4. unembellished; simplethe bare facts
  5. (prenomial) just sufficient; merehe earned the bare minimum
  6. with one’s bare hands without a weapon or tool


  1. (tr) to make bare; uncover; reveal


  1. archaic a past tense of bear 1

Old English barian, from bare (adj.). Related: Bared; baring.


Old English bær “naked, uncovered, unclothed,” from Proto-Germanic *bazaz (cf. German bar, Old Norse berr, Dutch baar), from PIE *bhosos (cf. Armenian bok “naked;” Old Church Slavonic bosu, Lithuanian basas “barefoot”). Meaning “sheer, absolute” (c.1200) is from the notion of “complete in itself.”

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