Meaning of “bare” in the English Dictionary

"bare" in English

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uk /beər/ us /ber/

bare adjective (NO CLOTHES)

B2 without any clothes or not covered by anything:

Don't walk around outside in your bare feet.
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 possible amount:

She eats only the bare minimum to stay alive.
the bare necessities

the most basic things that you need in order to live or to do something:

They rely on credit cards even to cover the bare necessities such as rent and emergency medical treatment.

bareverb [ T ]

uk /beər/ us /ber/

bareadverb, determiner

UK slang very:

The questions are bare difficult.

UK slang a lot; very much:

It's bare raining.

UK slang a large number or amount of; a lot of:

There were bare people waiting to get in.


(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 hot sand burned 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 its teeth and growled.

(Definition of “bare” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bare" in Business English

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uk /beər/ us
go bare

US informal INSURANCE be without insurance:

Thousands of doctors have chosen to drop their professional liability insurance and go bare.

(Definition of “bare” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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