1. the price of conveyance or passage in a bus, train, airplane, or other vehicle.
  2. a person or persons who pay to be conveyed in a vehicle; paying passenger.
  3. a person who hires a public vehicle and its driver.
  4. food; diet: hearty fare.
  5. something offered to the public, for entertainment, enjoyment, consumption, etc.: literary fare.
  6. Archaic. state of things.

verb (used without object), fared, far·ing.

  1. to experience good or bad fortune, treatment, etc.; get on: He fared well in his profession.
  2. to go; turn out; happen (used impersonally): It fared ill with him.
  3. to go; travel.
  4. to eat and drink: They fared sumptuously.


  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

verb (intr)

  1. to get on (as specified); managehe fared well
  2. (with it as a subject) to turn out or happen as specifiedit fared badly with him
  3. archaic to eatwe fared sumptuously
  4. (often foll by forth) archaic to go or travel

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 Original sense is obsolete, except in compounds (wayfarer, sea-faring, etc.)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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