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

  • intransitive v. To get along: How are you faring with your project?
  • intransitive v. To go or happen: How does it fare with you?
  • intransitive v. To travel; go.
  • intransitive v. To dine; eat.
  • n. A transportation charge, as for a bus.
  • n. A passenger transported for a fee.
  • n. Food and drink; diet: simple home-cooked fare.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Money paid for a transport ticket.
  • n. A paying passenger, especially in a taxi.
  • n. Food and drink.
  • n. Supplies for consumption or pleasure.
  • v. To go, travel
  • v. To get along, succeed, be
  • v. To eat, dine

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A journey; a passage.
  • n. The price of passage or going; the sum paid or due for conveying a person by land or water
  • n. Ado; bustle; business.
  • n. Condition or state of things; fortune; hap; cheer.
  • n. Food; provisions for the table; entertainment
  • n. The person or persons conveyed in a vehicle.
  • n. The catch of fish on a fishing vessel.
  • intransitive v. To go; to pass; to journey; to travel.
  • intransitive v. To be in any state, or pass through any experience, good or bad; to be attended with any circummstances or train of events, fortunate or unfortunate.
  • intransitive v. To be treated or entertained at table, or with bodily or social comforts; to live.
  • intransitive v. To happen well, or ill; -- used impersonally.
  • intransitive v. To behave; to conduct one's self.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To go; pass; move forward; proceed; travel.
  • To go or get on, as to circumstances; speed; be in a certain state; be attended with certain circumstances or events; be circumstanced; specifically, to be in a certain condition as regards fortune, or bodily or social comforts.
  • To be entertained with food; eat and drink.
  • To go or come out, as to result; happen; turn out; result; come to pass: with it impersonally.
  • To conduct one's self; behave.
  • In an expletive use, to seem; appear.
  • To resemble, or act like (another).
  • n. A going; a journey; voyage; course; passage.
  • n. A company of persons making a journey.
  • n. The price of passage or going; the sum paid or due for conveyance by land or water: as, the fare for crossing by a ferry; the fare for conveyance in a railroad-train, cab, omnibus, etc.
  • n. The person or persons conveyed in a vehicle.
  • n. Outfit for a journey; equipment.
  • n. Food; provisions of the table.
  • n. Experience; treatment; fortune; cheer.
  • n. Proceeding; conduct; behavior.
  • n. Doings; ado; bustle; tumult; stir.
  • n. The quantity of fish taken in a fishing-vessel.
  • n. The form or track of a hare.
  • n. A game played with dice.
  • n. A farrow: as, a fare of pigs.

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

  • n. a paying (taxi) passenger
  • n. an agenda of things to do
  • v. proceed or get along
  • n. the sum charged for riding in a public conveyance
  • n. the food and drink that are regularly served or consumed
  • v. eat well


Middle English faren, from Old English faran; see per-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the merger of Old English fær ("journey, road"), a neuter, + faru ("journey, companions, baggage"), feminine, both from faran ("to journey"), from Proto-Germanic *faranan, from Proto-Indo-European *por- (“going, passage”). (Wiktionary)
From Old English faran ("to journey"), from Proto-Germanic *faranan, from Proto-Indo-European *por- (“going, passage”). Cognates include West Frisian farre, Dutch varen, German fahren ("to travel"), Danish fare, Icelandic fara ("to go") and Swedish fara ("to travel"). (Wiktionary)


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  • Contronymic in the sense: taken in (as food) vs. given out (paid as bus fare).

    January 27, 2007