from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To place in the ground: bury a bone.
  • transitive v. To place (a corpse) in a grave, a tomb, or the sea; inter.
  • transitive v. To dispose of (a corpse) ritualistically by means other than interment or cremation.
  • transitive v. To conceal by or as if by covering over with earth; hide: buried her face in the pillow; buried the secret deep within himself.
  • transitive v. To occupy (oneself) with deep concentration; absorb: buried myself in my studies.
  • transitive v. To put an end to; abandon: buried their quarrel and shook hands.
  • idiom bury the hatchet To stop fighting; resolve a quarrel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A borough; a manor
  • v. To ritualistically inter a corpse in a grave or tomb. (see burial)
  • v. To place in the ground. "bury a bone"
  • v. To hide or conceal as if by covering with earth - "she buried her face in the pillow", "buried the secret deep inside"
  • v. To put an end to; to abandon. "They buried their argument and shook hands"
  • v. To score a goal

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A borough; a manor
  • n. A manor house; a castle.
  • transitive v. To cover out of sight, either by heaping something over, or by placing within something, as earth, etc.; to conceal by covering; to hide.
  • transitive v. Specifically: To cover out of sight, as the body of a deceased person, in a grave, a tomb, or the ocean; to deposit (a corpse) in its resting place, with funeral ceremonies; to inter; to inhume.
  • transitive v. To hide in oblivion; to put away finally; to abandon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To deposit and inclose in a grave or tomb, as a dead body; consign to any final resting-place after or as after death; entomb.
  • To cover or conceal from sight; sink or lodge in or under anything: as, to bury treasures in the earth or under rubbish; he buried the dagger in his enemy's heart.
  • Hence To cover up; keep secret; hide; conceal.
  • To withdraw or conceal in retirement: as, lo bury one's self in a monastery or in solitude.
  • To hide in oblivion; put away finally from one's thoughts: as, to bury an injury.
  • n. A castle, manor-house, or habitation; a borough.
  • n. A burrow.
  • n. A camp or heap of turnips or the like, stored up.
  • n. A delicate pear of several varieties.
  • n. Soft shale or clay; flucan.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cover from sight
  • v. embed deeply
  • v. dismiss from the mind; stop remembering
  • v. place in the earth and cover with soil
  • v. enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing
  • v. place in a grave or tomb


Middle English burien, from Old English byrgan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English burien, berien, from Old English byrġan, from Proto-Germanic *burgijanan (cf. Old Norse byrgja ‘to close’), from *berganan (“to protect, shelter”) (cf. Old English beorgan, West Frisian bergje ‘to keep’, German bergen ‘to save/rescue something’), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerĝʰ, *bʰr̥ĝʰ (cf. Albanian mburojë ("shield"), Lithuanian (Eastern) bir̃ginti ‘to save, spare’, Russian беречь (bereč') ‘to spare’, Ossetian æмбæрзын (æmbærzyn, "to cover"). (Wiktionary)
See borough. (Wiktionary)


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