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bury

verb [T] uk   /ˈber.i/ us  
B1 to put a dead body into the ground: His father is buried in the cemetery on the hill.
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Burying, cremating and preserving bodiesHiding and disguising
B2 to put something into a hole in the ground and cover it: The dog trotted off to bury its bone. buried treasure usually passive to cover something or someone completely with a large quantity of something: If an avalanche strikes, skiers can be buried alive by snow.Covering and adding layers C2 to put something in a place where it is difficult or impossible to find or see: I found the article buried (away) in the business section of the newspaper. She buried her face in her hands and began to sob.Hiding and disguising to intentionally forget an unpleasant experience: He'd had to bury his pain over the years.Forgetting and forgetfulness old-fashioned If someone says they buried someone, usually a close relation, they mean that the person died: She buried both her parents last year.Death and dying
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