Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To get along.
  • intransitive verb To happen or develop.
  • intransitive verb To travel; go.
  • intransitive verb To dine; eat.
  • noun A transportation charge, as for a bus.
  • noun A passenger transported for a fee.
  • noun Food and drink; diet.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A going; a journey; voyage; course; passage.
  • noun A company of persons making a journey.
  • noun 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.
  • noun The person or persons conveyed in a vehicle.
  • noun Outfit for a journey; equipment.
  • noun Food; provisions of the table.
  • noun Experience; treatment; fortune; cheer.
  • noun Proceeding; conduct; behavior.
  • noun Doings; ado; bustle; tumult; stir.
  • noun The quantity of fish taken in a fishing-vessel.
  • noun The form or track of a hare.
  • noun A game played with dice.
  • noun A farrow: as, a fare of pigs.
  • 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).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To go; to pass; to journey; to travel.
  • intransitive verb 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 verb To be treated or entertained at table, or with bodily or social comforts; to live.
  • intransitive verb To happen well, or ill; -- used impersonally.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To behave; to conduct one's self.
  • noun obsolete A journey; a passage.
  • noun The price of passage or going; the sum paid or due for conveying a person by land or water
  • noun obsolete Ado; bustle; business.
  • noun Condition or state of things; fortune; hap; cheer.
  • noun Food; provisions for the table; entertainment
  • noun The person or persons conveyed in a vehicle.
  • noun The catch of fish on a fishing vessel.
  • noun See under Bill.
  • noun a device for recording the number of passengers on a street car, etc.
  • noun An opening in the door of a street car for purchasing tickets of the driver or passing fares to the conductor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English faren, from Old English faran; see per- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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”).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

Examples

  • The bus driver getting in a fight with someone over their fare is the last thing I need in my bus ride.

    Metro Loses $62,000 a Week to Fare Evasion « PubliCola

  • The rest of the fare is apparently low-end clothing and goodies from the USA and some used stuff.

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  • The rest of the fare is apparently low-end clothing and goodies from the USA and some used stuff.

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  • The rest of the fare is apparently low-end clothing and goodies from the USA and some used stuff.

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  • If the fare is a stupid amount, like $1.35, it greatly adds to the inconvenience factor of riding transit.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Virtues of Crowded Transit

  • The rest of the fare is apparently low-end clothing and goodies from the USA and some used stuff.

    Page 2

  • The rest of the fare is apparently low-end clothing and goodies from the USA and some used stuff.

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  • The rest of the fare is apparently low-end clothing and goodies from the USA and some used stuff.

    Page 2

  • But if she stays through Saturday night, the fare is about $250, NYT reports.

    Airlines Revive Hated Minimum Stay Fares - The Consumerist

  • The rest of the fare is apparently low-end clothing and goodies from the USA and some used stuff.

    Page 2

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

    January 27, 2007