bare Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “bare” in the English Dictionary

"bare" in British English

See all translations

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.
See also
More examples

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.

bare adjective (EMPTY)

C2 literary If a ​cupboard or ​room is bare, there is nothing in it.

bareverb [T]

uk   /beər/  us   /ber/
to take away the thing that is ​covering something so that it can be ​seen: The men bared ​their heads (= took ​theirhats off as a ​sign of ​respect) as they ​entered the ​church. He ​becamenervous when the ​doggrowled and bared ​its teeth at him (= ​showeditsteeth to him).
(Definition of bare from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bare" in American English

See all translations

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

See all translations

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)
What is the pronunciation of bare?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day
boarding school

a school where students live and study

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by ,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some are new to our

Read More 

hyperpalatable adjective
hyperpalatable adjective
August 24, 2015
describes food with heightened levels of sugar and salt, intended to be extremely appealing In Brazil, where the prevalence of overweight and obese adults has doubled since 1980, crisps, biscuits, energy bars and sugary drinks formulated to be ‘hyper-palatable’ are much more widely eaten than previously.

Read More