Definition of fare in English:

fare

noun

  • 1The money paid for a journey on public transport:

    ‘we should go to Seville, but we cannot afford the air fare’
    • ‘US Airways now offers its discount fare structure on 28 routes out of Washington.’
    • ‘Most of the transit fare increase will go into the pockets of precisely that wealthy layer.’
    • ‘Sale fares to most destinations are not available on Fridays and Sundays.’
    • ‘He would give them the cab fare home.’
    • ‘The cheapest bus fare is roughly equivalent to a nurse's weekly wage.’
    • ‘Adult return fare costs £21 and a child return is £10.’
    • ‘Nationalised public transport provided subsidised fares for commuters and students.’
    • ‘A bitter dispute over taxi fare increases in Rayleigh and Rochford is to be decided by a court.’
    • ‘Prices of basic commodities and public transport fares have gone up as a result of the new fuel policy.’
    • ‘The all inclusive fare for the three day trip is £130.’
    • ‘They demanded that the air carriers provide them with more detailed calculations before they discuss air fare hikes further.’
    • ‘What makes it so difficult to find the lowest air fare?’
    • ‘No wonder he hasn't knocked on my door, he probably can't afford the train fare.’
    • ‘We're all subject to the cost of filling our cars, getting to work and paying the ever-increasing costs of public transport fares.’
    • ‘In fact, more often than not, the air fare increases as seat availability decreases.’
    • ‘Although not illegal, charging double fares by breaking journeys into different segments to maximise profits on one route is downright immoral.’
    • ‘Rising ticket prices had been blamed on fare dodgers in the past.’
    • ‘Tram bosses clamping down on fare dodgers are now sending 240 to court every week.’
    • ‘By kindergarten, he was so tall he was paying adult bus fares.’
    • ‘Public transport fares have doubled during the course of the year.’
    ticket price, transport cost, price, cost, charge, fee, payment, toll, tariff, levy
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    1. 1.1 A passenger paying to travel in a taxi:
      ‘the taxi driver was anxious to pick up a fare’
      • ‘The taxi driver picked up a fare at the taxi office on Water Street.’
      • ‘Some lucky taxi drivers will get fares to the airport.’
      • ‘He picked up a fare at the taxi rank outside Marks and Spencer, in High Street, to take the passenger to Harwich Road.’
      • ‘He claimed drivers had been assaulted and abused while trying to pick up fares from the taxi rank.’
      • ‘An investigation by the Manchester Evening News revealed the huge number of bogus taxi drivers picking up fares in the city centre.’
  • 2[mass noun] A range of food of a particular type:

    ‘traditional Scottish fare’
    • ‘She is a wonderful cook but my husband would not be happy on a diet of traditional English fare.’
    • ‘The menu is as you may expect, pretty traditional quality hotel fare, with a reasonable range of meat, seafood and a few vegetarian dishes.’
    • ‘On offer are generous helpings of bacon, ham and other greasy, fattening fare - all the staples associated with traditional Anglo-American cuisine.’
    • ‘Under the organisation of Kiwi managers, he forfeited traditional French fare to prepare imaginative salads for a backyard barbecue.’
    • ‘The region, she says, boasts a blend of traditional country fare, with steak and beef houses dominating the food scene.’
    • ‘The food is typical Bulgarian fare with the usual emphasis on meat, but with some pleasant surprises for vegetarians.’
    • ‘Traditional aristocratic fare included such fancy foods, many of which are popular among the newly wealthy classes today.’
    • ‘We'd gone for dinner, and we'd had what was to become our standard fare of a fantastic range of fresh seafood.’
    • ‘The food was standard hotel fare, failing miserably to live up to the mouth-watering eloquence of the descriptions on the menu.’
    • ‘Sandwiches are common breakfast fare, and coffee is drunk frequently throughout the day and at social events.’
    • ‘Whether you're looking for seafood, Angus beef, made-to-order pasta or traditional breakfast fare, you won't leave hungry.’
    • ‘Served with Pondan Potato and garden fresh vegetables, this is the staple fare in the menu for non-vegetarians.’
    • ‘The traditional graduation fare of strawberries and cream was served to all who attended.’
    • ‘Traditional barbecue fare - sausages and burgers - kept energy supplies up and parents busy.’
    • ‘And diners looking to eat out or take away can choose from a range of menus, from traditional English fare to Indian or Chinese.’
    • ‘You may have to put up with crowds, but these islands have a tradition of food not found elsewhere, with classical French fare and local Creole dishes.’
    • ‘She loves Indian food, enjoys Swiss fare and cooks pasta at home.’
    • ‘So enjoy fresh garlic and onions with your favorite food fare, as cooking does not destroy the components.’
    • ‘Its business card promises a traditional Mediterranean fare of fresh vegetables, meats, wines and cheeses seasoned with southern Italian style.’
    • ‘Their menu also expanded to include the full range of Caribbean fare, from soup to jerk chicken.’
    food, meals, board, sustenance, nourishment, nutriment, foodstuffs, refreshments, eatables, provisions, daily bread
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    1. 2.1 Something offered to the public, typically as a form of entertainment:
      ‘those expecting conventional Hollywood fare will be disappointed’
      • ‘It is films and fashion, it is magazine fare and performance art, it is dance and design.’
      • ‘It has since expanded beyond that to include women's sports and more entertainment and reality-based fare in its lineup.’
      • ‘We'll let you know how the teams fare this year.’
      • ‘Otherwise it reads like so much of the entertainment fare that passes for news these days.’
      • ‘For kids the movie is a lot of fun and it's smarter than the usual kiddie fare.’
      • ‘The entertainment fare was peppered with cinematic dance, oriental Thai performances and humorous skits.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1[with adverbial] Perform in a specified way in a particular situation or over a particular period:

    ‘the party fared badly in the elections’
    • ‘The party lists that fare best will be those with strongest national support.’
    • ‘But in the long run, stocks have fared best.’
    • ‘How did he, or his fellow competitors, fare on the food questions?’
    • ‘The pure farm salmon fared the worst: very few returned to lay eggs.’
    • ‘Compared to the private sector, though, the leaders fare pretty badly.’
    • ‘However, it's useful for gauging how a processor might fare in real-time 3D applications.’
    • ‘In this sport, balanced designs tend to fare the best in the arena.’
    • ‘How did these two fare on our performance tests?’
    • ‘Stocks fare better over long periods of time than bonds or cash.’
    • ‘Vocal tracks fare better, presenting skittish avant pop with goofy arrangements and nonsense lyrics.’
    • ‘All the contestants on the show fared dismally, with no-one winning over $16,000.’
    • ‘The theories to be discussed do not fare better or worse when restricted to a particular subspecies.’
    • ‘Account books of the period reveal how traders fared in this unusual situation.’
    • ‘The sound fares better, even though it is only a Dolby Surround track.’
    • ‘Conversely, in times of rising interest rates, cyclical stocks fare poorly.’
    • ‘And these men will tend to fare worse during recovery than their female counterparts.’
    • ‘Police officers fared the worst in a number of aspects, according to the survey.’
    • ‘Far-right parties have generally not fared well in recent elections.’
    • ‘Nuclear power plants already built have generally fared well in restructured markets.’
    • ‘We'll also give you exclusive analysis of how each team fared over the weekend.’
    get on, proceed, get along, progress, make out, do, manage, muddle along, muddle through, cope, survive
    succeed, prosper
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    1. 1.1archaic Happen; turn out:
      ‘beware that it fare not with you as with your predecessor’
      • ‘Will it fare better than its immediate predecessors?’
      • ‘It fared badly because it ignored the ground reality.’
      • ‘But did it fare any better with Rita, and what needs to be fixed down the road?’
      turn out, work out, progress, develop, come out
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  • 2archaic [with adverbial of direction] Travel:

    ‘a knight fares forth’
    • ‘I saw then how it fared forth along lonely paths or alone upon the highway.’
    • ‘Amongst warriors who practiced faring forth, he often fared forth in the form of a wolf.’
    • ‘When Community members had to fare forth into rain or snow, they could don protective outerwear from a common stock.’

Origin

Old English fær, faru ‘travelling, a journey or expedition’, faran ‘to travel’, also ‘get on (well or badly’), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch varen and German fahren to travel, Old Norse ferja ferry boat, also to ford. Sense 1 of the noun stems from an earlier meaning ‘a journey for which a price is paid’. Noun sense 2 was originally used with reference to the quality or quantity of food provided, probably from the idea of faring well or badly.

Pronunciation:

fare

/fɛː/