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Meaning of “bare” in the English Dictionary

"bare" in British English

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bareadjective

uk   /beər/  us   /ber/
  • bare adjective (NO CLOTHES)

B2 without any ​clothes or not ​covered by anything: Don't ​walk around ​outside inyour barefeet. There's no ​carpet in the ​room, just bare ​floorboards.
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  • bare adjective (BASIC)

C2 only the most ​basic or ​important: I just ​packed the bare essentials (= the most ​basic and ​necessary things). There isn't much ​time, so I'll just give you the bare facts/​details.the bare minimum the least ​possibleamount: She ​eats only the bare minimum to ​stayalive.

bareverb [T]

uk   /beər/  us   /ber/
(Definition of bare from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bare" in American English

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bareadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /beər/
without any ​clothes or not ​covered by anything: The ​hotsandburned my bare ​feet. Inside, the ​floors were bare and there was very little ​furniture. Bare also ​means the least ​possible or only this much of something: They had nothing beyond the bare necessities (of ​life) (= the most ​basic things you need).

bareverb [T]

 us   /ber, bær/
to show something that is usually ​covered: The ​dog bared ​itsteeth and ​growled.
(Definition of bare from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bare" in Business English

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bareadjective

uk   us   /beər/
go bare US informal INSURANCE be without ​insurance: Thousands of ​doctors have chosen to ​drop their ​professionalliabilityinsurance and go bare.
(Definition of bare from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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