Meaning of “bury” in the English Dictionary

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"bury" in British English

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buryverb [ T ]

uk /ˈber.i/ us /ˈber.i/

B1 to put a dead body into the ground:

His father is buried in the cemetery on the hill.
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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.

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.

to intentionally forget an unpleasant experience:

He'd had to bury his pain over the years.

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.

More examples

  • A ceasefire has been called to allow the survivors to bury their dead.
  • He made a short speech at the graveside, then the body was finally buried.
  • Robin Hood asked to be buried where his arrow landed.
  • X marks the spot where the treasure is buried.
  • In AD 79 the city of Pompei was buried under a layer of ash seven metres deep.

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definition of “bury” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bury" in American English

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buryverb [ T ]

us /ˈber·i/

to put a dead body into the ground:

My father is buried in Kentucky.

To bury something is also to put it into the ground:

Squirrels bury nuts and dig them up later to eat them.

To bury something is also to hide it or to make it difficult to find:

She buried her face in her hands.
The article was buried in the middle of the newspaper.

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